Support offered to developing countries for National Plans to reduce ship GHG emissions

IMO Invites Developing Countries to Apply for Support in Reducing Shipping Emissions

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is calling on developing countries to express interest in creating National Action Plans (NAPs) aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping. This initiative, part of the GreenVoyage2050 programme, provides technical support to help countries address their specific maritime challenges and reduce emissions effectively.

A National Action Plan details a country’s strategies for cutting GHG emissions from ships. These strategies may include enhancing institutional frameworks, promoting energy efficiency, researching low-carbon fuels, reducing port emissions, and developing green shipping infrastructure.

The IMO’s 2023 Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships sets ambitious goals, such as achieving net-zero GHG emissions by around 2050 and adopting alternative low-emission technologies by 2030. The GreenVoyage2050 programme assists countries in developing emission baselines and evidence-based policies, facilitating crucial coordination among various ministries and stakeholders.

Ms. Astrid Dispert, GreenVoyage2050 Manager, emphasized the importance of NAPs: “Our programme offers technical support and promotes stakeholder collaboration, ensuring these plans are practical and tailored to each country’s needs. By supporting these plans, we help developing countries build a sustainable maritime future.”

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Developing countries eligible for Official Development Assistance are invited to submit their expressions of interest by 6 September 2024. The application process involves national stakeholders organizing local workshops and coordinating communication between public and private sectors.


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