Briefing: 27 September 2017

Strategy development workshop held in Singapore

Following the Future-Ready Shipping Conference 2017 in Singapore, the GloMEEP Project held a one-day workshop on the “Development of maritime energy efficiency and emissions strategies and their implementation” which served as a platform for participants to exchange views on the national strategy development process.

Co-organized by the Singapore Maritime Port Authority and co-sponsored by the Singapore Cooperation Programme, the workshop brought together the national consultants of the ten GloMEEP countries who are currently developing their national strategies on maritime energy efficiency and emissions, as well as participants from other developing countries.

Several GloMEEP countries presented their experiences, best practices and challenges faced in the development of their national strategies and this was further discussed during the break-out sessions which identified existing barriers to implementation and distilled some recommendations for countriesĀ seeking to embark on the development of their own national strategies and policies. Participants also heard about the Maritime Singapore Green Initiative, and were updated on IMO’s work on the development of a strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from international shipping and the work that the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG emissions from ships (IWG-GHG) is currently undertaking.

The outcome of this workshop will feed into the finalization of three Guides the GloMEEP Project has been developing to support developing countries in the implementation of MARPOL Annex VI and the removal of related technical, legal and policy barriers. It is expected that the Guides will be made publicly available by the end of this year.