Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), Transport & Environment, and NGO Shipbreaking Platform have called upon the European Union (EU) to adopt policies that effectively address the environmental performance of the shipping industry.

The three NGOs argue European shipping companies are putting people’s health and lives at serious risk by emitting greenhouse gases, as well as scrapping hazardous materials on ports and South Asian beaches.

It has been predicted that EU-related ship carbon dioxide (CO2) emission will grow by 86% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels. International shipping is also projected to be responsible for 17% of global CO2 emissions in the same time frame if left unregulated.

Transport & Environment aviation and shipping officer Faig Abbasov said: “The IMO has so far failed to give a credible response to the Paris agreement’s call for urgent action.

"The EU Emissions Trading System will provide important leverage to ensure that the IMO finally delivers what it promised under its own roadmap."

“The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) will provide important leverage to ensure that the IMO finally delivers what it promised under its own roadmap.

“EU governments must now follow the European Parliament’s lead and agree that ship CO2 emissions must go in the EU ETS if the IMO does not act.”

The three environmental NGOs have also urged the EU to impose an international ban on the use of heavy fuel oil for Arctic shipping activities by 2020, as well as designate all its waters as emission control areas for ship born sulphur, nitrogen and particle emissions.


Image: EU-related ship carbon dioxide emission is predicted to grow by 86% in 2050 compared to 1990 levels. Photo: courtesy of NGO Shipbreaking Platform.