A major international project to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from ships has been launched by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
Called ‘GreenVoyage-2050’, the initiative aims to promote global efforts to demonstrate and test technical solutions for reducing maritime emissions as well as enhancing knowledge and information sharing to support IMO’s goal of halving shipping emissions by 2050.
More than 50 countries are expected to participate in the project, which is a collaboration between IMO and the Government of Norway, initially runnning for two years.
Norway is providing $1.1 million (£0.85m) for the initiative and for the intention to fund it beyond the two years.
The initiative will also build capacity in developing countries to fulfil their commitments to meeting climate change and energy efficiency goals for international shipping.
Eight countries from five high-priority regions – Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific – are expected to take pilot roles initially, to pursue and undertake actions at the national level.
Sveinung Oftedal, Specialist Director of the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, said: “By addressing one of the highest priority environmental issues faced by maritime transport sector and by catalysing the development of technological solutions, GreenVoyage-2050 can substantially contribute to the UN sustainable development goals and the objectives of blue economic growth in developing regions.”
Technologies for energy users that can help them reduce costs and emissions will be among those on display at The Energy Solutions Show (TESS) on June 5th at Millennium Point, Birmingham.