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The Lloyd’s List Shipping Podcast: A guide to the next chapter of shipping emissions negotiations

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The IMO’s environmental negotiators meet next week with a priority to finalise short-term emissions measures. But their meeting is also the likely beginning of bigger and more difficult discussions for shipping’s future. Environmental Defense Fund Europe international climate director Aoife O’Leary talks to Lloyd’s List about what we should expect for the rest of this year and how a market-based measure should come in


IT is June and that can only mean one thing — international negotiations on shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Next week the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee meets — virtually — for another session of likely gruelling negotiations on action to curb emissions from international shipping. 

The focus will primarily be on finalising a set of new short-term measures that target operational and technical efficiency.

While preliminary negotiations last week highlighted once again just how contentious these short-term measures can be, their probable adoption next week will likely be the beginning of new negotiations on longer-term issues and regulations that will define shipping emissions for decades to come.

This week we spoke with Aoife O’Leary, International Climate director at the Environmental Defense Fund Europe, about how she expects this year playing out for emissions policy and regulations and how she sees the all-important question of a market-based measure for the sector moving forward.

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