International transport

Planes and ships are a growing source of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The 2015 Paris climate Agreement requires all countries to pursue economy-wide greenhouse gas emission reductions. It is therefore essential that all sectors of the economy contribute, including international aviation and shipping. The two sectors are regulated at the international level by specific UN agencies: the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), respectively. However, emissions from these sectors should ideally be included in countries’ climate targets (NDCs) and addressed immediately.

Following both UN processes as part of the NGO observer groups – International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation and Clean Shipping Coalition, Carbon Market Watch is critical of the slow and weak progress at these talks and calls for more regional and national measures to ensure ambitious and rapid emission reductions from both sectors.