An International Maritime Organisation (IMO) working group has made progress in developing the draft 2023 IMO Strategy on reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships.
The Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG 14) met 20-24 March, with more than 750 registered participants from nearly 80 IMO Member States.
The group discussed proposals relating to potential amendments to the IMO ship fuel oil consumption Data Collection System (DCS).
The group noted broad support within the group for the inclusion of data on transport work and on enhanced level of granularity of reported data in the DCS.
In view of its heavy workload, the group recommended that further consideration of proposed draft amendments to the DCS should be undertaken by the Working Group on Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency.
The Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships was adopted in 2018.
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The updated and revised Strategy is expected to be adopted by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which is the decision-making body, at its next 80th session from 3-7 July 2023, according to IMO.
In June 2021, IMO adopted a new series of key mandatory measures to cut carbon emissions in container shipping, including a ship rating system to measure carbon intensity.
More recently in October 2022, IMO signed a partnership agreement with the Commonwealth Secretariat to strengthen the maritime and port sectors in selected developing countries.