Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) have signed an agreement to develop a project proposal to reduce maritime emissions from East and Southeast Asian countries.

The agreement has been signed as part of the Asia Maritime Transport Emissions Project, which has the objective of supporting East and Southeast Asian nations in reducing their transport emissions.

For developing a full-size project proposal, a funding of nearly $466,151.47 (€385,697) will be allocated.

This project will receive aid from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the BMU.

Together with the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), the IMO will commence the preparatory project for developing the full project proposal.

After approval, the complete project will help in reducing emissions from vessels via energy efficiency improvements, streamlined methods and technologies.

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IMO partnerships and projects department chief Jose Matheickal said: “Partnerships are essential in tackling the global issue of emissions which are harmful to the environment. By identifying opportunities to reduce maritime transport emissions and demonstrating potential technological solutions in partnerships with various stakeholders in the region, this project will help developing countries in Asia to move closer towards a low-carbon future.

“We thank Germany for this very timely support and look forward to working with the partner countries and potential other partners from public and private sector to develop and design a full-size project proposal which we hope to submit to Germany for approval by end of this year.”

The project will involve various activities for collecting information and project designing such as conferences, interviews, workshops, applicant demonstration projects and more.

Apart from detailed analysis, the project proposal will also feature capacity development, knowledge management and evaluation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission baselines.

The IMO stated that opportunities for demonstrating pilot projects will also be provided.

During the preparatory phase, the IMO will work together with China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Japan, the Republic of Korea and Singapore may receive invitations to serve as knowledge partner countries.

The involvement level of these nations in the project will be acknowledged and confirmed in the appraisal phase.

The full-size Asia Maritime Transport Emissions Project will be granted nearly $18.13m (€15m) in funds.