Green MEP: ‘Shipping emissions target welcome, but we’re still in deep water’

Responding to the news that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed on the first ever international deal to cut shipping emissions, Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East and a member of the European Parliament’s Transport and Environment Committees, said:

“Finally! The industry has been a climate breakdown blindspot for far too long. It was a disgrace that shipping and aviation emissions were dropped from the final Paris Agreement. Today is a welcome first step towards redressing that damaging omission.”

Mr. Taylor has long supported the ‘elephant in the room‘ campaign to work to reduce shipping emissions. The senior Green politician was among the first to raise the alarm at the absence of shipping and aviation targets in the Paris Agreement. He continued:

“That action has finally been taken and a clear policy signal sent is a huge victory for green campaigners. But we must not get too carried away. Today was, ultimately, an opportunity missed. The target is too weak and there has been no effective implementation plan forthcoming.”

“The IMO agreement may buoy our spirits as campaigners but, ultimately, the planet is still in deep water if the shipping industry doesn’t commit to the full decarbonisation programme necessary to meet the vital 1.5C warming target in the Paris accord.”