Japan names supporters of EEXI CO2 reduction proposal

At last week’s meeting of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) GHG Intersessional Working Group, Japan’s J/5 Energy Efficiency of Existing Ships Index (EEXI) proposal was voted through – a decision which drew a lukewarm response from some industry stakeholders.

As previously reported, at last week’s meeting the Japan-led CO2 reduction measures secured enough votes from the 300 representatives from 70 countries who attended the event and the proposal will now go forward to the next meeting of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 75 in mid-November where its recommendations are expected to be adopted.

Reaction to the agreed measures has been mixed: the International Chamber of Shipping welcomed the measures but a number of NGOs voiced their concern over what they see as a flawed and watered down proposal.

BIMCO’s Deputy Secretary General, Lars Robert Pedersen, also issued a comment last Friday in which he noted that: ‘Some countries and organisations have expressed that the outcome of this week’s deliberations fails to meet the ambitions of the IMO initial strategy and the Paris Agreement.

‘To this we can only say: we don’t know. Because important elements are still missing, it is impossible to judge the effect.’

In a statement published on the Ministry of Land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism (MLIT) website, Japan noted that, ‘after making necessary amendments’, its joint proposal had been agreed upon.

This includes Fuel Economy Performance Regulations for Existing Vessels (EEXI), whereby existing ships are obliged to have ‘almost the same level of fuel efficiency as new ships’ and the competent authority will inspect them in advance and issues certificates.

The statement also named the countries which had backed Japan’s submission to the IMO working group: South Korea, China, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Italy, Cyprus, Croatia, Spain, Denmark, Germany, France, Norway, UAE, Ghana, Nigeria, Canada and the Bahamas. The International Shipping Council also supported the measures.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes