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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

G-8 Summit: Sectoral approaches useful to combat Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions

The G-8 Summit in Toyako, Hokkaido, Japan, agreed this week on a declaration on Environment and Climate Change in which they referred to sectoral approaches to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, and to the role of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).


The relevant part of the declaration reads:


'25. Sectoral approaches can be useful tools to improve energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions through dissemination of existing and new technologies in a manner compatible with economic growth. We ask the IEA (International Energy Agency) to enhance its work on voluntary sectoral indicators through improved data collection, complemented by business initiatives.


We emphasize the importance of expeditious discussions in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for limiting or reducing GHG emissions in the international aviation and maritime sectors, bearing in mind the distinct processes under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Covention on Climate Change) toward an agreed outcome for the post-2012 period.'


The G-8 summit consisted of the leaders of Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


Contact: Kristian R. Fuglesang