GLOBAL INDUSTRY ALLIANCE TO SUPPORT LOW CARBON SHIPPING
The Global Industry Alliance (GIA) is a new public-private partnership initiative of the IMO under the framework of the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloMEEP Project that aims to bring together maritime industry leaders to support an energy efficient and low carbon maritime transport system. Leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine and technology builders and suppliers, big data providers, oil companies and ports have joined hands under the GIA to collectively identify and develop innovative solutions to address common barriers to the uptake and implementation of energy efficiency technologies and operational measures.
Focusing on a number of priority areas including energy efficiency technologies and operational best practices, alternative fuels, and digitalization, activities to be undertaken or promoted by the Alliance will include, inter alia: research and development; showcasing of advances in technology development and positive initiatives by the maritime sector; industry fora to encourage a global industry dialogue; and the implementation of capacity-building and information exchange activities.
The sixteen current members of the alliance are:
- ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd.;
- Bureau Veritas;
- DNV GL SE;
- Grimaldi Group;
- Lloyd’s Register EMEA;
- MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A.;
- Port of Rotterdam;
- Ricardo UK Ltd;
- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.;
- Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited;
- Silverstream Technologies;
- Stena AB;
- Total Marine Fuels Pte Ltd;
- Wärtsilä Corporation; and
- Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd.
These companies are supporting the overall goals of the GIA by providing their expertise and know-how in the area of maritime fuel efficiency, as well as contributing financially towards the GIA Fund from which GIA activities will be funded.
Official GIA launch
The GIA was officially inaugurated on 29 June 2017 at a launch ceremony held at IMO Headquarters at the margins of the first meeting of the IMO Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG emissions from ships. In his GIA launch speech, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said the new alliance would help shipping to make its contribution towards greenhouse gas reduction and the mitigation of climate change, a key target for the United Nations under its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“What we are witnessing today is the formal start of a tried and tested partnership concept which has the potential to boost still further our efforts to kick-start the change that society demands and create a firm, tangible basis to transform the shipping sector for the better,” Mr Lim said.
“Under this new public-private partnership initiative, these ‘industry champions’, which come from different sectors of the industry and may have different business strategies within the same sector, are coming together to contribute to tackling the challenges of decarbonizing the shipping sector.”
Following the official GIA launch, the first GIA Task Force meeting was convened to discuss work modalities and kick-off the GIA work.
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