MEPC 79-5-6 - Arctic HFO ban is not a Black Carbon control measure
4 November 2022
Document MEPC 79/14/1 draws attention to the fact that clauses 43A.2 and 43A.4 mean that nearly three-quarters of the HFO-fuelled fleet in the Arctic will, via exemptions and waivers, be able to continue to use HFO until July 2029 – the end of the decade.1 It also highlights analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) which found that if exempt ships or those eligible for. [...] 6 In addition, the prohibition on HFO use and carriage delivered through regulation 43A is only applicable to vessels operating in Arctic waters.3 As set out in paragraph 12 of document MEPC 79/5/5, the delineation of Arctic waters excludes the busy waters of the north Atlantic which fall within the more widely used geographic scope definitions of the Arctic, including those used by the Arctic Cou. [...] Black Carbon emitted from beyond the Arctic can have dangerous impacts on both the Arctic environment and Arctic communities and it is for this reason that IMO's output is to reduce the impact of Black Carbon emissions on the Arctic, and not simply reduce emissions only from ships operating in Arctic waters. [...] HFO use will continue in the Arctic until the end of this decade and continued HFO use will continue to exacerbate the climate crisis in the Arctic with black carbon emissions largely unabated. [...] Action requested of the Committee 10 The Committee is invited to note the information provided in paragraphs 5 to 9 and to forward this document to PPR 10 in order to inform further consideration of the urgent need for measures to reduce the impact of Black Carbon emissions from international shipping in the Arctic.