Leading Classification Society IRClass backs India’s efforts to cut emissions at the COP21 meeting in Paris

16 Dec 2015

Presents shipping’s perspective on GHG Emissions

The Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), the leading ship classification society, has issued a ringing endorsement of the COP21 agreement at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris.

Mr. Arun Sharma, CMD, IRClass represented the voice of Indian Shipping fraternity at the recently concluded COP21 Climate Summit in Paris.

Speaking at the impressive India Pavilion on the topic ‘GHG Emissions from Indian Shipping – Impact and Mitigating Measures’, he defended shipping as the most energy efficient mode of transport.

While noting that despite shipping carrying 90% of world trade, it contributed only to 2.2% of the total Green House Gas emissions, he endorsed the ongoing efforts by IMO to keep global warming below 2 degrees centigrade.

Mentioning that majority of cargo movement within India was done through the road transport followed by rail, he stressed on the need to shift the cargo from the traditional means to a more cost efficient and low carbon emission sea mode which has the lowest GHG emissions amongst all modes of transport.

While acknowledging that movement through sea cannot completely replace road and rail transport, Mr. Arun Sharma argued for the need to choose the most efficient mode for the long haul movement while the relatively shorter first mile & last mile connectivity can be done through other modes. This multi-modal option will have several advantages

  1. Significant reduction in the GHG emissions whilst have minimal impact on the service delivery
  2. Lower costs vis-à-vis road and rail
  3. Reduction of risk profile as ships are largely safer means of transport
  4. Reduce the burden on the overloaded road sector

Adding further he mentioned that this ‘modal shift’ of cargo achieved a great degree of success thorough the ‘Marco Polo Project’ in Europe and it could be replicated by adopting to Indian conditions.

He called upon the need to provide a thrust for coastal shipping and inland waterways which had the potential to bring about a significant reduction of GHG emissions.

Addressing the Paris conference he said: “The mitigation measures available to reduce the emission levels are technical and operational; while technical measures have significant potential for emission reduction requiring initial investment, the operational measures can have an immediate emission reduction, but in incremental measures.”

He said the effective utilisation of the Indian coastline would definitely help reduce the country’s carbon footprint.

ing considered by a number of organisations and the IACS initiative will seek to build on what has already been introduced.

Complex systems is a topic of crucial importance for the industry as on-board systems develop rapidly in complexity. IACS is currently focussing on this subject with the formation of a dedicated Expert Group.

At the last tripartite meeting (Shipowners, Shipbuilders and Classification Societies) in Shanghai in October steps were taken to publicise these items to the industry participants and this continued at the Council meeting where plans for future cooperation were discussed with industry representatives