Fossil of the Day Award

Canada used to have a lock on this Award.  Last year at Lima Canada started  to slip! So far it does not look hopeful at COP 21.  We are being upstaged by the likes of Belgium and Denmark, two countries that have never won the Award Until this year!

For the first time (in my memory) the Award has gone to a UN Agency, the International Maritime Organisation, IMO, which oversees the activites and responsibilities of international shipping.

IMO has accepted submissions on CO2 emissions from the International Chamber of Shipping, an industry association.  The substance of these sumissions is similar to Canada’s defence of its emissions policy earlier this decade.

For example: between 2007 and 2012 international shipping’s share of the world’s CO2 emissions fell by .6 percent to 2.2 percent and its total emissions declined by 10 percent. Still over that time frame there was a severe recession and generally everybody’s emissions fell.

In 2013 IMO established Regulations (Marpol Annex IV) requiring a reduction by the industry of 20 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.

Every COP country has come forward with more ambitious targets. The industry is out of touch if it thinks that it will not be required to do more.

Another example of an argument by the industry – emissions from shipping are falling because of greater efficiency – similar to Canada’s defence of tar sands operations.

Returning to fossil of the day awards, I have to concede that there does not seem to be an issue on which Canada can stage a comeback!

Peter Jones at COP 21.

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