Brussels has called on International Maritime Organization member states to deliver a strong and ambitious signal from talks in London over the next week to accelerate the decarbonisation of shipping.

The European Commission’s maritime policy head called on negotiators at the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) talks to shape effective proposals that can be agreed as new global benchmarks next summer.

Speaking ahead of the MEPC79 meeting, Magda Kopczynska, director, waterborne, directorate-general for mobility & transport, told TradeWinds: “We do need a strong signal from this meeting that an agreement on an ambitious path towards decarbonisation of shipping can be signed off at MEPC80 at the latest.”