Bellona addresses UN climate summit on lowering maritime emissions

Publish date: December 1, 2011

DURBAN, South Africa – Bellona’s international adviser, Svend Søyland, was invited by the United Nations to speak at an official UN event attended by all UN agencies on what various organizations are doing to help cut emissions at the current climate negotiations here in South Africa.

Søyland was invited to represent Bellona and the Clean Shipping Coalition, the only global international environmental organization that focuses exclusively on shipping issues.  

A ‘quantum leap’ is necessary

Søyland pointed out in his 10-minute introduction which measures for air and sea transport must implement with a quantum leap in order that UN International Panel on Climate Change’s recommendations of an 85 percent cut in emssions by 2050 be reached.

“Despite the fact that there are many good solutions on the table, there is no doubt that the players in the air and sea transport industry must take a quantum leap in the air requirements that should be met, said Søyland to the audience of delegates from the some 200 national states, UN agencies and environmental organizations participating in the Durban climate summit.

Ships powered by the sun

[picture1 {Bellona’s Svend Søyland}] Søyland pointed in his speech to the market-based and technological measures that should be applied. He also drew attention to a few good Norwegian examples in his introduction.

“Climate change challenges have created pioneers in the shipping industry,”he said. “Bellona is proud to be partners with Eidesvik and Wilhelmsen, both of which present very good examples of environmentally friendly solutions for shipping. “

Read more and watch the video on the Wilhemsen concept ship E/S Orcelle –  a ship that runs on solar, wind, wave and fuel cells – here. The ship produces zero emissions.

A good framework

Søyland’s presentation also emphasized the benefits for companies that go forward with good climate policy, which will put them ahead of the game in the long view.

“Such investment gains will be easier to get through a clearer and more predictable framework for international climate policy, and all the actors here in Durban play a central role,” Søyland concluded.

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