Responding to the news that the UK has blocked efforts to make the International Maritime Organisation more transparent, Keith Taylor, a UK Green MEP who sits on the European Parliament's Transport Committee and cautiously welcomed the body's commitment to reduce shipping CO2 emissions by half by 2050, said:
"It is shameful that the UK government, which has repeatedly attempted to claim it is a leading light in the international effort to tackle the climate breakdown, has moved to block a bid to make the IMO more transparent. There is little doubt the move was motivated by the desire to keep under wraps the true extent of the private shipping industry's lobbying power within the body."
"While the 50% carbon emissions reduction commitment early this year was a welcome step in the right direction it was most notable for being the first commitment of any kind the shipping industry has made to playing its part in tackling the urgent climate breakdown crisis already wreaking havoc across the world. It was also notable for lacking the necessary ambition and urgency."
"It is clear that for as long as the lobbyists hold so much sway in the IMO, supported by the UK government, shipping will continue to take a tokenistic approach to reforming its climate-destructive ways. The UK government's part in rejecting transparency and putting corporate commercial interests above democratic scrutiny doesn't bode well for its approach to the fight against the climate breakdown post-Brexit."