IMO Discussions Fail to Yield Progress

The delegates at the IMO failed to agree upon actions to regulate the shipping industry in line with Paris Agreement targets, which they had agreed to decide upon in 2018. 

Weak enforcement over IMO laws in the recent oil spill in Mauritius spurred protests and highlighted the weaknesses of the IMO, which may lead to fractures in the organization along socio-political/economic faults.


The Paris Agreement showed the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. 1) Ships would need to become more efficient with existing fuel systems, and 2) Within ten years, new ships need to be produced at commercial scale using alternative fuels to enable the switch to alternative energy sources than fossil fuels.

The IMO failed to make progress on its own climate strategy requiring these actions.

Details on the week's proceedings are available at the link below: