On Monday, environmental activists gathered outside the International Maritime Organization in London. The organization is currently holding a meeting to address the issue of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the shipping industry, known for its significant contribution to pollution.
A group of activists, numbering in the dozens, gathered outside the headquarters of the UN’s global shipping regulator. Some of them were even dressed up as jellyfish. Their purpose was to raise awareness about the importance of adopting more environmentally friendly practices in the freight industry. They believe that by doing so, we can make a positive impact on climate change and safeguard our oceans.
The protestors gathered together and chanted “clean freight now” while putting on a vibrant flashmob-style protest.
At the event, there will be a focus on the significant carbon emissions produced by global shipping networks. Countries will be discussing and debating various measures to reduce the pollution that contributes to climate change.
The participants are feeling the pressure to agree on ambitious targets for reducing emissions and are also discussing the possibility of implementing a tax on pollution within the sector.
Currently, the shipping industry emits approximately the same amount of greenhouse gases as the aviation industry.
The meeting of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Commission (MEPC), which took place in the British capital from Monday to Friday, is expected to create a divide between climate-vulnerable nations, especially Pacific islands, and wealthier countries, with big exporters like China being at the center of the disagreement.
Most of the world’s 100,000 cargo ships, which transport 90 percent of the world’s goods, use diesel fuel that is highly polluting.
Shipping, which contributes to approximately two percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, is considered to be not on track in the battle against climate change.
The current focus of decarbonization efforts is based on a decision made by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2018. This decision directed shipping companies to decrease their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 50 percent by the year 2050, compared to the levels recorded in 2008.
However, many people believe that the current target is not enough when considering the overall global emissions and when comparing it to other industries, such as aviation, which is striving to achieve net zero emissions by the same deadline in the middle of the century.