Shipping: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Department for Transport written question – answered on 21st December 2017.

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Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the shipping industry on seafarer employment.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The UK was proactive in the development and adoption of an International Maritime Organization (IMO) energy efficiency regime in 2013 as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping. Under this regime, consideration has been given to the training of seafarers and the need for crews to be appropriately supported and empowered to take steps on vessels to improve operational energy efficiency. The IMO has not undertaken a specific assessment of the impact on seafarer employment, but the Department is not aware that any concerns have been reported to date by Member States, industry or Seafarer representatives.

As part of the development and implementation of the IMO GHG reduction strategy, the UK expects that the impacts of any measures agreed will be considered and addressed as appropriate.

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