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Friday, March 5, 2021 

The International Maritime Organization (IMO)-Norway GreenVoyage2050 Project has been formally launched, with an initial 11 flag state members, to support the path to decarbonisation in the shipping sector, in line with the IMO Initial Strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping.

Through the IMO Initial GHG Strategy, Member States have pledged to cut annual GHG emissions from international shipping by at least half by 2050, compared with their level in 2008, and work towards phasing out GHG emissions from shipping entirely as soon as possible in this century.

The GreenVoyage2050 Project is actively supporting States in progressing in this decarbonization path, through supporting States in implementing the already-adopted IMO energy-efficiency measures (contained in MARPOL Annex VI) and to reduce GHG emissions from ships in line with the IMO Initial GHG Strategy.

Azerbaijan, Belize, China, Cook Islands, Ecuador, Georgia, India, Kenya, Solomon Islands, South Africa and Sri Lanka are partnering countries in the GreenVoyage2050 Project. Through their participation in the project, they will aim to strengthen their MARPOL Annex VI compliance, facilitate sharing of operational best practices, catalyse the uptake of energy efficient technologies and explore opportunities for low- and zero-carbon fuels.

Specifically, the project is supporting States to:

  • draft legislation to implement MARPOL Annex VI into national law;
  • undertake assessments of maritime emissions; develop policy frameworks and National Action Plans (NAPs) to address GHG emissions from ships;
  • assess emissions and develop port-specific emission reduction strategies;
  • identify opportunities and deliver pilot projects, through the establishment of public-private sector partnerships and mobilization of financial resources;
  • access funding and investments into low carbon solutions; and
  • establish partnerships with the industry to develop new and innovative solutions to support low carbon shipping.

The project is also supporting cooperation between ship and port sectors in the individual States.

Since individual States are at different stages in terms of implementation of IMO’s energy efficiency measures and other processes such as baseline assessments, the partnering countries have been categorised into 'New Pilot Countries', which are undertaking actions to lay foundations for a national action plan, and 'Pioneer Pilot Countries' which have already undertaken steps to develop a natuional action plan.

New Pilot Countries are: Azerbaijan, Belize, Cook Islands, Ecuador, Kenya, Solomon Islands, and Sri Lanka; while Pioneer Pilot Countries are: China, Georgia, India, and South Africa.

All partnering countries will be provided training on the regulatory developments related to MARPOL Annex VI and the Initial IMO GHG Strategy, as well as training on key low carbon technologies and fuels.

The GreenVoyage2050 Project also has a strong private sector collaboration, through the IMO-GreenVoyage2050 Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping which aims to identify and develop innovative solutions to address common barriers to the uptake and implementation of energy efficiency technologies and operational measures.

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