A two-year project aimed at accelerating the uptake of energy-efficient measures for shipping is being part funded by the IMO. In conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF, a UN-backed grants body), the IMO will give $2 million to the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnership project – or GloMEEP for short.
GloMEEP will focus on building capacity to implement technical and operational measures in developing countries. The aim is to promote a low-carbon maritime sector, in order to minimise the impact of shipping emissions on climate change, ocean acidification and local air quality.
The project intends to involve public and private sector organisations, through a new Global Industry Alliance (GIA). Private sector targets include classification societies, shipbuilders, ship owners, ship operators, marine equipment suppliers, port operators among others.
Ten IMO member states have signed up to GloMEEP as lead pilot countries including China, India, Philippines and others. These nations will be given fast-track support to pursuing relevant legal, policy and institutional reforms, driving national and regional government action and industry innovation to support the effective implementation of IMO's energy efficiency requirements.
Besides the GEF financing for GloMEEP, the organisers hope to raise $13.8 million from donations and other sources.
A number of events related to the implementation of the project will be held alongside the Future-Ready Shipping 2015 Conference (a two-day joint IMO-Singapore International Conference on Maritime Technology Transfer and Capacity Building) in September. It is envisaged that the official launch GloMEEP and associated global project task force and inception meetings will take place during the conference.
This project follows on from a similar IMO initiated project, GloBallast, which is aimed at quelling the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms by ship's ballast water.