Equity and equitable transition: In a world of Shipping decarbonisation

The Maritime Center for Sustainable Transport (MCST) organizes a running series of e-Bwebwenato (in Marshallese)/e-Talanoa sessions every month with the overarching theme of “Framing High Ambition.” The event which took place on September 1 st was centered around ambition and equity. This followed the submission, “ Resolution on zero emissions no later than 2050” made to the upcoming 77 th Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC77) by Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Marshall Islands. The recent IPCC report being quoted in interventions at regional or international forums should not come as a surprise. It is a red code for humanity and yet at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) we are still arguing about whether we should be highly ambitious or rather be just ambitious. We worry about equal opportunities, rights – equality in general. Where does equity and equitable transition for shipping decarbonisation fit in? Equality means giving everyone the same thing, whereas

Transporting Fish: In the world of shipping decarbonisation

  In my last article many moons ago in the Fiji Sun dailies, I talked about the importance of addressing carbon emissions from fishing vessels at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). I also raised pertinent questions about which UN body would take responsibility for decarbonising the fishing industry. In this article, however, the supply chain issues of fish products will be discussed and the significance of transportation in the supply chain. According to UNCTAD [1]  (2016), trade in marine products and services can create opportunities for economic growth, export diversification, and new investments including sustainable fishing and aquaculture, sustainable and resilient marine transport and logistic services, and in links with maritime and coastal tourism. Global trade is only possible through the transport sector and is largely dependent on the shipping industry.    By definition, raw fish and fish products rely heavily on the transportation sector in order to complete th

Outer-Island Connectivity in Pacific Island Nations

What will changing population patterns mean for future maritime connectivity costs, already the highest in the world?                             Andrew Irvin, Micronesian Center for Sustainable Transport. The Pacific Shipping Cost Paradox Our shipping cost, per tonne/nautical mile, is the highest in the world, and serves as a primary barrier to progress across UN Sustainable Development Goals. Pacific populations are in flux, with accelerating internal migration from outer islands to urban centers. Internationally, shipping is embarking on a decarbonisation agenda. Shipping in the Pacific needs to understand these future changes when planning today. Our transport needs in 2050 will likely be quite different from what they are in 2020. For Pacific Islands, the phenomenon of urban drift is taken to an extreme, unmatched elsewhere around the globe, though the remote nations of the Pacific may not be what comes to mind when the term “urban” is used. With a current population of approx

EDF's defence of EU ETS international shipping proposal July 23, 2021

The EU announcement that it will now move to include international shipping in its regional ETS raises critical issues for both European States and NGOs. The question before both is the impact of this on the IMO debate on market based measures, now that it has finally agreed to debate the Marshall/Solomon Islands proposal for a universal GHG levy. Unlike the EU ETS, the levy can claim credibility as being ambitious and equitable.   EDF's recent blog on this caught my eye this week ( @  Panos Spiliotis ) and prompted this comment: Hi EDF Thanks for an interesting article. Can I ask you to publicly clarify EDF’s position on MBM’s for shipping and your comment that EU is being ambitious. In our opinion, the EU ETS will have some limited impact on moving shipping toward decarbonisation, but is clearly inadequate for a 1.5 agenda and therefore fails the Paris Agreement

UNCTAD examines Ports Authorities in the context of Sustainable Martime Transport for Trade

  "....During the crisis, lack of truckers, time-consuming inspections, and quarantine in port customs hampered fresh food delivery globally. For example, India, the world's biggest rice exporter, suspended its exports due to labor shortages and logistics disruptions. As a result,  the number of food-insecure people rose significantly during the pandemic . Changing trade patterns and imbalances have left many containers in places where they are not needed, and others are held up in ports or on ships for weeks due to congestion. The resulting unprecedented shortage of available containers has led to historically high container freight rates..." UNCTAD brings home reality for countries struggling to understand issues in the maritime sector in the midst of COVID 19. Pooling together knowledge and data for more sustainable maritime transport | UNCTAD.