International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has launched the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships Project (GloMEEP) to assist ship operators in adopting and implementing energy-efficiency measures for shipping.
The two-year global maritime energy efficiency partnership project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) along with other in-kind and financial donations.
The project will primarily focus on building capacity to implement technical and operational measures in developing countries, where shipping is increasingly concentrated.
GloMEEP is expected to help countries to address maritime energy efficiency within their own development policies, programmes and dialogues.
The lead pilot countries include Argentina, China, Georgia, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, the Philippines and South Africa.
These nations will receive support to take a fast-track approach to pursue relevant legal, policy and institutional reforms, driving national and regional government action and industry innovation in order to support the implementation of IMO's energy efficiency requirements.
A study conducted by IMO revealed that carbon emissions from international maritime shipping could increase by 250% in the period up to 2050 if it is left unchecked.
Maritime shipping contributes nearly 2.2% of all global emissions, while transporting approximately 85% of goods traded internationally.
In April, the European Parliament approved the draft EU rules that demand ship owners using EU ports to monitor and report CO2 emissions each year.
The new rules will come into effect from 2018 for ships of more than 5,000gt, regardless of the country in which they are registered.
Image: Representatives from IMO, the lead pilot countries and Singapore at the GloMEEP launch. Photo: courtesy of International Maritime Organiation (IMO).