Extra Events & News

Monday, 10 Dec

A site event was held by Norway on:
International GHG emissions from aviation and maritime transport - follow up of the seminar in Oslo 4-5 October 07. Official workshop conclusions are available (0.1 MB; SBSTA/2007/MISC.29).
Presentations were given by:

IMERS idea and proposal were mentioned by several speakers and credit was given by Norway to Andre Stochniol as their creator.
A short report from the event is available at the IISD RS Blog.

Saturday, 08 Dec

Tuvalu has submitted an International Blueprint on Adaptation (0.2 MB) to COP 13. A novel Burden Sharing Mechanism is proposed comprising a levy on international airfares and maritime transport freight charges. Something very close to IMERS. The main differences is that it does not include emission reductions. Additionally, the raised funds will be significantly lower based on the quoted 0.01% base levy. Not the best starting point perhaps to reach a rapid consensus on innovative means to raise the significant funds needed to reduce the gap in financing for adaptation ....(our humble view).

Friday, 07 Dec

    We presented IMERS as the only concrete proposal for the post-2012 regime for international maritime transport at a side event organized by the International Emissions Trading Association, IETA entitled:
  • What is the scope for including international marine transport in the post-2012 regime?
  • on Friday, 07 Sept.
  • Presentation is enclosed (0.2MB).
During the panel other options were also presented. Agreement was that "the devil is in details". Here, IMERS was the only one satisfying the criteria of being comprehensive with all the practical aspects being detailed.
However, an approach to agree underlying climate change principles for such a scheme is needed within the UNFCCC/SBSTA/SBI. The current process is unlikely to deliver it.
Due to this problem IMO is unlikely to be able to decide on any global scheme until the principle of "Common but differentiated responsibilities" is clearly addressed.
A facilitated 1-year approach using IMERS as a strawman to jointly shape a solution and build the required trust around concrete details could break the deadlock. This is now being actively pursued by us based on discussions with very senior officials.