ICS warning on reducing
Visiting Vancouver as part of a world tour, Esben Poulsson, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) told shipping industry stakeholders that if the global industry didn't make headway quickly on reducing Green House Gas emissions, it would face regulation from port states in the European Union, and possibly in Canada as well.
"The most pressing issue at the moment is the CO2 debate," Mr. Poulsson told a group of about 30 industry representatives at a reception on March 24 hosted by the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia.
He said that while the ICS favors working to reduce emissions through current International Maritime Organization (IMO) programs, "we fear that unless the IMO makes serious progress" in the next few years "we expose ourselves to EU legislation." He said the same prospect could develop in Canada, and that the industry needed to "influence the Canadian government about many of the good goals that we have."
Mr. Poulsson said that if market based measures became necessary, the ICS did not want to see carbon trading systems develop. "A bunker fuel levy is the only way to go," he said, adding that revenues could be put toward environmental innovation and initiatives.