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09/12/2009

International Bunker Fuels, IMO & ICAO

IMO contributes 3.3 % of the total emission of global green house gases. In Copenhagen, at an event International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) made presentations about their climate mitigations plans.

Miguel Palomares, IMO, opened the IMO section of the event, stating that shipping operates in a global environment and thus requires international regulation. He announced that the IMO has an emission reduction package ready for enactment and awaits guidance from the UNFCCC.

Karin Sjölin-Frudd, IMO, presented the IMO’s vision for climate change mitigation. She outlined the findings of the Second Greenhouse Gas Study, undertaken in 2009, which sets out that the sector must reduce its emissions and favors market-based instruments to do so.

Yap Ong Heng, Civil Aviation Authority of A number of issues were raised in the discussion, including the IMO's Singapore, outlined the outcomes of the ICAO-partnership with ICAO, the practical complexity of regulating the shipping hosted high-level meeting on aviation and
industry, and how revenues from a market-based instrument should be climate change.
used.

Robert Kobeh Gonzalez, President of ICAO Council, chaired a panel discussing ICAO’s efforts to regulate civil aviation's emission reductions. He stated that ICAO has adopted a global strategy on climate change, and looks to the COP to assist ICAO in coordinating the sectoral effort.

Other panelists outlined the recent ICAO-hosted high-level meeting on aviation and climate change that, among other things, endorsed an international programme on aviation and climate change, and led to recommendations on alternative fuels. One panelist underscored that while alternative fuels offer significant medium-term emission reductions, they must be socially and environmentally sustainable. To achieve emission reductions, panelists preferred market-based approaches in
tandem with scientifically-backed mitigation efforts.

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