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Seminar: International shipping GHG policy post-Paris Agreement, recent developments at IMO MEPC and their implications for the sector

May 06 2016
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UCL Energy Institute Reader in Energy and Transport, Dr Tristan Smith and Director Safety & Environment, UK Chamber of Shipping, David Balston will look at the recent policy developments at the United Nations International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on the subject of targets for shipping, which was left out of the UNFCCC COP21 agreement. The presentations will look at the consequences of targets and what options exist for shipping to tread in the 1.5/2 degrees pathway, from a modelling perspective and from the shipping industry viewpoint.

UCL Energy Intstitute at the United Nations International Maritime Organizsation’s 69th Marine Environment Protection Committee

Apr 26 2016
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Last week saw the first test of the political will enshrined in the Paris Agreement, not just because of the signing of the treaty at the UN headquarters in New York, but also because the same signatory countries convened in London to discuss greenhouse gas reduction measures, inter alia, for the shipping industry. The UMAS team, which included Dr. Tristan Smith, Dr. Simon Davies, Isabelle Rojon and Dr. Nishatabbas Rehmatulla were involved in various strands of work related to the agenda item on GHG reductions from shipping.

CO2 emissions for every ship for every hour. Now that's big data!

Apr 19 2016
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Researchers at UCL Energy Institute use the methodology they developed for the Third IMO GHG Study 2014 and AIS data to estimate emissions from five different ship types and display this in a new interactive map that plots 250 million data points to show the movements of the world’s commercial shipping fleet over the course of the year 2012.

Shipping, trade and emissions: Dr Tristan Smith speaks at the UCL Institute of Global Prosperity

Nov 04 2015
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International shipping is the system that enables globalisation, the way it quietly and efficiently executes its role has given rise to its labelling as “the handmaiden of world trade”. But this vital enabler of trade, export led economic growth and import of goods fundamental to our standard of living (energy, food shelter) is also heavily dependent on fossil fuels. The consequence being that it contributes a significant and growing share of anthropogenic greenhouse gases.

In this public seminar, Dr Tristan Smith argues that the ‘current policy’ trajectories for shipping are diametrically opposed to the direction of travel that the overall global economy will need to avoid the risk of dangerous climate. His talk will explore the evidence base that can be used to understand both the challenge ahead for the sector, the risks and the opportunities.