BIMCO hails adoption of ‘landmark’ IMO Strategy on GHG reductions


IMO’s decision that by 2040, the world fleet must have reduced its total GHG emissions by more than 70% compared to 2008 is seen as ‘ground-breaking’ by BIMCO. The newly adopted IMO GHG reduction strategy translates to a reduction of around 90% on average at the individual ship level due to expected fleet growth, it says, and 2040 is only 17 years from now.

Newer ships already on the water and those on order will exist well beyond 2040 and the emissions reduction outlined in the strategy will apply to these ships.

BIMCO President Nikolaus Schües (pictured) recognises the monumental change the shipping industry is now facing, saying: “I cannot stress strongly enough to my colleagues in the industry that this is already happening as we speak. The profound change in the way ships must be built, operated and fuelled will impact every shipowner on the planet. Investment decisions need to be reassessed, designs need change and business models will be forever impacted.”

Mr Schües continues: “Climate change affects all of us and serves as a reminder that actions to limit our emissions must be taken urgently. BIMCO is grateful to the IMO member states for setting out in clear terms the pathway the shipping industry needs to follow in order to transition each and every ship in the world fleet to a net-zero GHG emission future.”

The 2023 IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships also establishes the timeline for the introduction of mandatory measures to ensure the pathway will be followed. BIMCO looks forward to contributing to the development of these crucial measures which must enter into force by 2027.