IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee has been considering as an important part of its agenda actions to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emission from ships engaged in international trade. It met for its 65th session from 13 to 17 May 2013 (MEPC 65), at IMO Headquarters in London and had the participation of more than 800 delegates 106 Member States, 4 United Nations bodies, 8 intergovernmental organizations and 48 non-governmental organizations.
MEPC 65 continued its work on further developing technical and operational measures relating to energy-efficiency measures for ships, following the entry into force, on 1 January 2013, of the new chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI, which includes requirements mandating the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), for all ships.
MEPC 65, in noting the importance of enhancing energy efficiency and reducing fuel consumption with subsequent reductions of CO2 emissions and other pollutants emitted to air from ships, considered further measures. These include the use of a phased approach to implementation, with the focus of initial work being on data collection, as a basis for future technical work.
IMO is also focusing its efforts on technical co-operation and capacity building to ensure smooth and effective implementation and enforcement of the new regulations worldwide. In this regard, MEPC adopted an MEPC Resolution on Promotion of Technical Co-operation and Transfer of Technology relating to the Improvement of Energy Efficiency of Ships.