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IMO MEPC 75 AGREES NEXT STEP TOWARDS DECARBONISATION

IMO MEPC 75 AGREES NEXT STEP TOWARDS DECARBONISATION

Monday, November 23, 2020 

IMOs Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), meeting in a remote session, has approved amendments to the MARPOL convention which require ships to combine a technical and an operational approach to reduce their carbon intensity.

This builds on current mandatory energy efficiency requirements to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. The MEPC agreed the terms of reference for assessing the possible impacts on States, paying particular attention to the needs of developing countries, in particular Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs). 

The draft amendments would require ships to combine a technical and an operational approach to reduce their carbon intensity. This is in line with the ambition of the Initial IMO GHG Strategy. The amendments were developed by the seventh session of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG 7), held remotely shortly before MEPC. The draft amendments will now be put forward for formal adoption at the MEPC 76 session, to be held during 2021.  

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, said: “Considerable further work on the implementation of the measures is still ahead of us, but I am confident that, the IMO spirit of cooperation, shown during the past years, will enable swift progress with the development of technical guidelines and a Carbon Intensity Code as well as the essential further work on the comprehensive assessment of impacts of the measures on developing countries, SIDs and LDCs. I express my gratitude to all Member States that have indicated a commitment to supporting these efforts.”

He added that the approved amendments were important building blocks without which future discussions on mid and long-term measures will not be possible.

The draft amendments bring in requirements to assess and measure the energy efficiency of all ships and set the required attainment values. The set of amendments includes a technical requirement to reduce carbon intensity, based on a new Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI); and an operational carbon intensity reduction requirements, based on a new operational carbon intensity indicator (CII).  

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