News from the UK Government

12 April 2018

UK joins forces with Marshall Islands to heap pressure on IMO states over greenhouse gases

The UK Government has teamed up with another leading shipping nation to push International Maritime Organization members to reach a deal as quickly as possible to reduce the industry’s emissions.

Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani met the Republic of the Marshall Islands’ environment minister David Paul today (Wednesday, April 11) ahead of the conclusion of IMO talks to set a strategy to reduce greenhouse gases later this week.

Both countries are calling for the IMO to play its full part in global efforts to reduce greenhouse gases in the spirit of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The UK government's shipping minister Nusrat Ghani said:

"No other sector unites the world like maritime. We all rely on ships to transport our food, fuel and goods across the globe to our homes. We know that when the maritime sector comes together to address environmental matters we can achieve a great deal. Along with the Marshall Islands, we want all IMO members to come together in the final days and demonstrate that shipping will not be left behind in helping protect the planet."

The Honorable David Paul is the Minister-in-Assistance to the President and Environment Minister of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

He said:

“During our long seafaring histories, our two countries have seen many positive transformations in the maritime sector. The transition to net zero emissions is a massive economic opportunity waiting to be seized, and as the OECD has told us, the technology already exists to support this. While we the Marshall Islands have been encouraged by progress this week, we are still a long way from a deal that is consistent with the Paris Agreement. This is unacceptable. The industry has asked for certainty and we need to provide it. We will continue to work together with the High Ambition Coalition and our partners in the crucial days ahead to secure the strongest possible outcome. We have a chance to do the climate deal of the year.”

IMO talks are expected to conclude on Friday.

The Department for Transport has also published a call for evidence for Maritime 2050, a strategy to help deliver a green revolution for the country’s shipping and position the UK as a world leader in green maritime technology.