The International Maritime Organization is being taking part to COP28 wihin the most relevant United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change - UNFCCC meetings to reinforce and reaffirm its commitment to reduce GHG emissions in shipping in the footsteps of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In view of this international the Principality of Monaco attended in the 33rd IMO Assembly, held in London from the 27th November to the 6th December 2023. Various highlights animated this edition, including the appointment of the new Secretary General and the election of the Executive Council within an institutional framework. The Assembly, in fact, is the most important governing body of the Organization, in charge of approving the work programme, voting on the budget, determining the financial plan and electing the IMO Council.
Armelle Roudat Lafon, Deputy Permanent Repreentative and Director of Maritime Affairs, reaffirmed the Principality’s commitment to the well-being of maritime communities, the preservation of the marine environment and the freedom of the seas. On the 30th November, the Assembly appointed Arsenio Antonio Dominguez Velasco as the new Secretary General who will take office starting from the 1st January 2024 for a term of 4 years.
During the new presidency, special attention will be paid for maritime safety and the prevention of maritime pollution. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has just signed the First Global Stocktake including the development of environmental performance of international shipping through the further reduction of greenhouse gases from ships. A target that has been carried out since the Conference Resolution 8 on CO2 Emissions in September 1997. In particular, the current IMO's 2023 action plan aims at encouraging capacity building, technical cooperation and Research & Development (R&D). The main mission is to provide at least 5% (preferably at 10%) of the global shipping fleet powered by zero or near-zero GHG emission technologies, fuels or energy sources. All that for reducing CO2 emissions per transport work by at least 40% by 2030,compared to 2008. A set of science-based IPCC reports, GHG inventories and LCA assessments are being used as guiding lines. ***
IMO's Strategy evolution in a nutshell:
>> October 2018 (MEPC 73), IMO approved a follow-up programme, intended to be used as a planning tool in meeting the timelines identified in the Initial Strategy up to 2023.
>> July 2023 (MEPC 80) IMO adopted the 2023 IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships in accordance with the agreed programme of follow-up actions.
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By Maurice Abbati
Springer International Publishing