One week after Glasgow, 174 governments will meet this week on the Worldwide Maritime Group (IMO) in London to deal with the urgent carbon emission discount challenges going through worldwide transport, in what business is looking the ‘first litmus take a look at’ of presidency’s decarbonisation commitments following COP26.

A essential assembly of the Marine Atmosphere Safety Committee (MEPC), held by the worldwide transport business’s UN regulator, will determine whether or not to go forward with a USD 5 billion R&D fund – the ‘IMO Maritime Analysis Fund (IMRF)’.

Paid for totally by the business, for free of charge to governments or taxpayers, the fund could be used to speed up the fast enhance of Know-how Readiness Ranges to make sure zero-carbon fuels can be utilized on massive ocean-going ships.

If permitted, the R&D fund is predicted to be up and working by 2023, with the power to place massive numbers of zero-carbon ships within the water by 2030, making web zero transport by 2050 a actuality.

Esben Poulsson, Chairman of ICS mentioned: “If governments don’t help the IMRF, we have now to ask the query… why?”

“The fund is a ‘no brainer’. One thing you’d have thought governments would bounce at to ship a transparent message to the world that they’re severe about reaching their local weather targets.”

A proposal for the IMRF was first put ahead in 2019 and is now supported by main transport nations together with Denmark, Greece, Japan, Panama, Singapore and the UK, plus growing nations reminiscent of Liberia, Nigeria and Palau, who collectively characterize the vast majority of the world’s transport.

Nonetheless, the IMRF wants regulatory approval from the vast majority of governments attending MEPC for the necessary R&D contribution system to be handed, which will likely be funded by gathering USD2 per tonne of marine gasoline consumed by ships buying and selling internationally.

Man Platten, Secretary Common of ICS mentioned: “This actually is the primary ‘litmus take a look at’ on governments’ commitments to decarbonisation since COP26

“The USD 5 billion R&D offers governments with the chance to show that their phrases have which means, and they’re severe in regards to the transition to a zero-carbon sector.

“At COP 26, governments introduced many plans, however we have to guarantee we have now the required zero-carbon applied sciences to truly make this occur? Importantly this must be for all and never simply the few, because the R&D Fund offers.”

Regardless of widespread calls throughout COP26 for world transport to decarbonise utterly by 2050, a objective which the transport business absolutely helps, ICS fears that some governments could increase procedural obstacles to the institution of an R&D fund. This is because of suspicions that collaborative motion benefiting world CO2 discount efforts would possibly negatively have an effect on what governments understand to be their nationwide or regional pursuits. A complete affect evaluation was carried out to placate these issues, it demonstrates the destructive impact on nationwide economies will likely be nearly zero.


Notes to editors


a. Figures from the IEA on Personal Sector R&D in maritime reveals spending has fallen from 2.7billion USD in 2017 to 1.6 billion USD in 2019.

b. Ricardo report identifies that greater than 260 R&D tasks, with complete value of round USD 5 billion, are wanted to beat key technical challenges concerned with the usage of new fuels.

About ICS

The Worldwide Chamber of Transport (ICS) is the principal worldwide commerce affiliation for service provider shipowners and operators, representing all sectors and trades and over 80% of the world service provider fleet.