IMO rolls out ship and port emissions toolkits

Oct 19 2018

Free toolkits to assess and address emissions from ships and ports are now available from the IMO.

To reduce emissions across the maritime sector, national authorities need to first quantify those emissions and then develop a strategy to reduce them, the organisation said.


The ship emissions toolkit and port emissions toolkit were developed under the GEF-UNDP-IMO Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) project, in collaboration with its partners, the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH).


Astrid Dispert, GloMEEP technical adviser, said the guides - available free to download from the GloMEEP website - would help support countries seeking to develop and strengthen national policy and regulatory frameworks related to the prevention of air pollution and the reduction of ships’ greenhouse gas emissions.


“Both the ship and port emission toolkits provide practical guidance on assessing emissions so that a national emission reduction strategy for the maritime sector can be developed. The GloMEEP guides provide a wealth of information on assessment techniques and how to develop a national strategy, as well as links to further practical guidance,” Dispert said.


Both toolkits were extensive tested and feedback was obtained from practical use of the guides during national and regional training activities held in the 10 lead pilot countries participating in the GloMEEP project. “We have been very pleased to work with the GloMEEP countries and both IMarEST and IAPH on these toolkits,” Dispert said.


“Ports and shipping are intrinsically linked – as such, efforts to reduce maritime emissions need to extend beyond seagoing ships alone. IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI regulations on air pollution and energy efficiency are aimed at ships, but it is clear that for port emissions to be reduced, national authorities need to consider emissions from all sources, including cargo handling equipment, trucks – as well as domestic vessels.


“By utilising these guides, countries can develop national strategies, which will address emissions from their maritime sector as a whole - protecting public health and the environment and contributing to the fight against climate change,” she added.


Such strategies would include incorporating IMO regulations into national legislation. MARPOL Annex VI includes regulations to limit air pollution from ships, as well as energy efficiency regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions from ships.


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