Proposed International Maritime Organization ban would allow exemptions and waivers resulting in 84% of Arctic shipping continuing to burn HFO in the Arctic, and permitting 70% of vessels to still carry HFO as fuel.
Responding to a new report to the Nordic Council on “Reducing risks and increasing environmental security in Arctic Waters”, the Clean Arctic Alliance, the Iceland Nature Conservation Association and Green Transition Denmark welcomed its publication.
NGOs and Indigenous groups cautiously acknowledged progress by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its Member States in agreeing on a draft regulation on HFO use and carriage in the Arctic
NGOs called on the IMO to protect the Arctic marine environment from the impacts of international shipping, by agreeing to a new regulation banning the use and carriage of HFO as fuel by ships operating in Arctic waters during this week’s “Arctic IMO Summit” in London.
Eight more companies agreed this week not to ship goods through the Arctic Ocean
Responding to the news that the 30 member companies of AECO, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators, have agreed on a mandatory guideline banning the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic, Clean Arctic Alliance Lead Advisor Dr Sian Prior said:
MSC has decided not to use the Arctic as a new short cut between northern Europe and Asia and will instead focus on improving environmental performance on existing global trade routes.
Responding to IPCC SROCC, the Clean Arctic Alliance and the Inuit Circumpolar Council Canada call for urgent action to ban HFO use and carriage by Arctic shipping to reduce risks of a devastating spill, and to reduce black carbon emissions in the Arctic.
Clean Arctic Alliance’s Lead Advisor calls on the Nordic Prime Ministers and the German Federal Chancellor to support the call for a ban on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic at their gathering in Reykjavik, Iceland.