IMO, MEPC tweak GHG emissions strategy

IMO, MEPC alter GHG Strategy to decrease shipping emissions

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have updated their plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) shipping emissions.

The MEPC recently opened its 80th session, which is expected to adopt an updated IMO GHG policy, among other significant agenda items.

The updated IMO GHG Strategy plans to include concrete GHG reduction objectives for the industry, as well as a set of technical and economic solutions that will be created to put global shipping on a road to phase out GHG emissions.

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The change was completed during the Intersessional Working Group on Reducing GHG Emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG 15), which meets from 26 to 30 June 2023, prior to MEPC 80.

IMO Secretary, Kitack Lim, said: “This is a historic moment in which all of you have a role to play. The 2023 IMO GHG Strategy will be your legacy, for which your children and grandchildren will be grateful. The time for IMO to demonstrate its global leadership is now.

“The various updated proposals for technical and economic measures and the discussions during last week’s ISWG-GHG 15 clearly demonstrate your commitment to advance the developments of these measures which should ensure that IMO will deliver on the levels of ambition in the 2023 GHG Strategy.”

In March 2023, IMO made progress in developing the draft 2023 IMO Strategy.

Just recently, delegates from Angola and an IMO official tested the maritime single window (MSW) platform created by the Singapore’s Port Authority for the Port of Lobito.

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