First National Workshop From IMO Energy Efficiency Project



Event : First National Workshop of GloMEEP
Date : 15-17 December 2015
Organised by : The Maritime Transport Agency of Georgia with support from the Black Sea Commission
Funded by : IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme.
Location :  Batumi, Georgia


The first national workshop aims in supporting the increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping.


  • It focused on raising awareness of Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), in particular the energy-efficiency regulations in chapter 4.
  • Barriers to implementation were identified and discussed in order to draw up plans to tackle them.
  • Georgia’s Maritime Transport Agency, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection and Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, as well as representatives from several ports and academics from maritime training centres were among the participants.
  • Georgia’s GloMEEP National Task Force held its first meeting (18 December) to discuss the National Work Plan for 2016.

About GloMEEP:

GloMEEP, a joint project of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IMO, was formally launched by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu in September 2015 in Singapore, at the IMO-Singapore Future-Ready Shipping 2015 conference.

Formally designated “Transforming the Global Maritime Transport Industry towards a Low Carbon Future through Improved Energy Efficiency”, the project focuses in particular on building capacity to implement technical and operational energy-efficiency measures in developing countries, where shipping is increasingly concentrated.

The GloMEEP Project is also working towards forming a public-private partnership under a Global Industry Alliance (GIA) for low-carbon shipping, within the project framework.

IMO energy-efficiency requirements

Mandatory technical and operational energy-efficiency measures were adopted by Parties to Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) in July 2011 and entered into force on 1 January 2013.  These regulations made mandatory both the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for certain types of new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships.  Since the entry into force of the regulations on energy efficiency for ships in 2013, further work has been undertaken to extend the scope the EEDI to include several additional ship types, to further develop guidelines to support uniform implementation, and to promote technology transfer.

IMO’s third study on greenhouse gas emissions from ships (2014) estimates that international shipping emitted 796 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2012, down from 885 million tonnes in 2007.  This represented 2.2% of the global emissions of CO2 in 2012, down from 2.8% in 2007.  However, the study’s “business as usual” scenarios forecast a growth in CO2 emissions for international maritime transport of between 50% to 250% in the period to 2050, depending on future economic and energy developments.

Source: IMO


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