Decarbonizing International Shipping: Potential Roles of the IMO’s Initial Strategy and the UN Climate Regime

(2019) RECIEL 1-10.

16 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2018 Last revised: 14 Apr 2020

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Meinhard Doelle

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law; Dalhousie University - Marine and Environmental Law Institute; World Maritime University (WMU)

Aldo Chircop

Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law

Date Written: October 30, 2018

Abstract

This article assesses the IMO’s 2018 Strategy to reduce GHG emissions from international shipping in light of the long-term goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, and considers its ambition, adequacy and effectiveness in ensuring a fair contribution to the global decarbonization effort. The article proceeds in four parts. In Part 1, we offer a brief history of efforts to reduce emissions from international shipping under the UN Climate Regime. This is followed in Part 2 with a similar overview of historical efforts under the IMO. In Part 3, we discuss the key elements of the 2018 IMO Strategy, followed by an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses in Part 4.

Keywords: Climate Change, IMO, Shipping, GHG Emissions, Paris Agreement

Suggested Citation

Doelle, Meinhard and Chircop, Aldo, Decarbonizing International Shipping: Potential Roles of the IMO’s Initial Strategy and the UN Climate Regime (October 30, 2018). (2019) RECIEL 1-10., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3275574 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3275574

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