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Climate Action 2009-2010


TRANSPORT © staphy/Fotolia SHIPPING 154 The challenge is to provide the industry with incentives to reward carbon efficiency beyond simple fuel-bill reduction and to correct any inefficient behaviour. that is something we cannot ignore. If the solutions proposed are to be truly effective in combating climate change, they must be universally applied – and, for this to be achieved, there is a need for global involvement and endorsement by consensus. In a speech to industry leaders in India in February of this year, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon accurately summed up the situation when he said, “Industrialised countries bear a great deal of responsibility for the state of the planet today. And they must bear their share of the burden when it comes to paying for solutions. But, at the same time, countries, which did not contribute as much to global warming, still have a responsibility to address it. I don’t think this is the time for finger pointing.” “ If the problem pays no heed to man-made borders, then neither can the solution Paraphrasing President Obama’s speech at the Cairo University on 4 June, this is how I would address those who represent industrialised countries and those who represent emerging economies and the developing world: “The two groups are not exclusive and need not be in disharmony with each other. Instead, they overlap and share common principles and objectives: for a safer, more secure and, certainly, cleaner, greener and healthier environment. Humbled by the task before us to do our duty towards our environment, I ask the IMO Members and industry organisations to endorse the belief that the interests we share as citizens of this planet are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart. All of us share this world for but a brief moment in time. The question is whether we spend that time focused on what pushes us apart or whether we commit ourselves to an effort – a sustained effort – to find common ground and to focus on the future we seek for our children; whether to continue the controversy as to who is to blame for the state of the planet and who should take the first step or how we should all, together, use our gifts to halt the destruction of our common heritage and bequeath, to generations to come, a world we will be proud of.” “ The message is clear: to succeed in combating climate change, we must work together and play our part with the seriousness that the circumstances demand. If the problem pays no heed to man-made borders, then neither can the solution. We all have a responsibility to take bold, comprehensive and coordinated action that not only jump-starts the recovery of the planet but also launches a new era of serious and meaningful engagement to prevent a crisis, like the one we are facing at present, from worsening or recurring. Working together, with a sense of responsibility for future generations, the agreements the Copenhagen Conference will be able to make later this year can have genuine and lasting value. From the human perspective, difficult issues such as poverty, disease, uneven economic development and population growth are additional factors that serve to exacerbate and complicate the problem. Climate change and our response to the multi-faceted problems it represents has really become “the defining challenge of our age.” Let there be no doubt that, as the 2009 World Maritime Day theme proclaims, it is a challenge for IMO too and that we – Member States, international shipping and Secretariat – are fully engaged in helping to redress it. Author Mr Efthimios Mitropoulos of Greece is the seventh Secretary-General of IMO. He joined the IMO Secretariat in January 1979, in the Maritime Safety Division, and, in May 1992, was appointed Director of the Division. In May 2000, he became Assistant Secretary-General and, in November 2003, was elected Secretary-General for 2004 to 2008. In November 2006, his mandate was renewed for a second, four-year term, concluding on 31 December 2011. He is also Chancellor of the World Maritime University (Malmo, Sweden) and Chairman of the Governing Board of the International Maritime Law Institute in Malta. Mr Mitropoulos is the author of several books on shipping economics and policy, categories/types of merchant vessels, safety of navigation and other shipping-related matters. Organisation The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is the United Nations specialised agency with responsibility for safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. It is also involved in legal matters, including liability and compensation issues, and the facilitation of international maritime traffic. IMO currently has 169 Member States and three Associate Members. Enquiries Lee Adamson Head, Public Information Services International Maritime Organisation 4, Albert Embankment London SE1 7SR United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)20 7735 7611 Fax: +44 (0)20 7587 3210 Email: Website: VISIT: WWW.CLIMATEACTIONPROGRAMME.ORG

MAKING WAVES IN CO 2 REDUCTIONS An estimated 350 million tonnes of fuel is consumed annually by the world’s shipping fleet. At this level of consumption the industry currently emits over 1 billion tonnes of CO 2 and over 10 million tonnes of SO 2 annually. The marine industry has tried for years to find viable means of improving fuel efficiency and so reducing environmental impact – an area where International Paint continues to play a significant role. Fouling control coatings are key, improving the speed and energy efficiency of ships by preventing organisms such as barnacles and weed sticking to the underwater hull. If ships didn’t use fouling control coatings, fuel consumption could be increased by as much as 40% – with current fuel use consequently rising by 140 million tonnes per year to a total of almost 500 million tonnes per year. At International Paint we take our environmental responsibilities seriously, and that’s why we’ve been leading the way in developing new coatings technologies, designed to cut shipping’s emissions dramatically. This technology is already making a difference. In 2007 we introduced a new generation of foul release technology, Intersleek®900, which is now delivering startling cuts in fuel consumption and corresponding emissions of CO2. But so much more could be achieved. If every ship in the world were coated with the latest foul release technology we could be making additional savings in annual CO2 emissions of 90 million tonnes, right now. International Paint Ltd. is part of AkzoNobel, one of the world’s leading industrial companies and the world’s largest coatings manufacturer. Find out how we can help you to meet the challenge