IMO adopts emission reduction resolution

ship emissions The IMO is pushing ahead with measures aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. Credit: Pixabay

The IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has adopted a resolution encouraging voluntary cooperation between ports and shipping sectors to contribute to the reduce of GHG emissions from shipping.

Held from 13-17 May, the MEPC 74 session saw the approval of the resolution, to focus on sustainable technologies and operational efficiency.

“This could include regulatory, technical, operational and economic actions, such as the provision of: Onshore Power Supply (preferably from renewable sources); safe and efficient bunkering of alternative low-carbon and zero-carbon fuels; incentives promoting sustainable low-carbon and zero-carbon shipping; and support for the optimization of port calls including facilitation of just-in-time arrival of ships,” said the IMO.

Sustainable development

The resolution is one of several measures aimed at supporting the achievement of the objectives set out in the initial IMO strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships, in line with the Paris Agreement under UNFCCC and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In addition to the voluntary cooperation resolution, MEPC approved amendments to strengthen existing mandatory requirements for new ships to be more energy efficient; initiated the Fourth IMO GHG Study; approved a procedure for the impact assessment of new measures proposed; and agreed to establish a multi-donor trust fund for GHG.

Also discussed were possible candidate short-term, mid- and long-term measures aiming at reducing GHG emissions from ships, to be further considered at future sessions.

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