Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued a new set of free-of-charge
toolkits to assess and address emissions from ships and ports.
The Ship Emissions
Toolkit and Port Emissions Toolkit have been developed under the GEF-UNDP-IMO
Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project, in
collaboration with its strategic partners, the Institute of Marine Engineering,
Science and Technology (IMarEST) and the International Association of Ports and
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,” Astrid Dispert, GloMEEP Technical Adviser, said.
Both toolkits —
available free to
download from the GloMEEP
website — have been developed through extensive testing and feedback from
practical use of the toolkit guides during national and regional training
activities held in the 10 lead pilot countries participating in the GloMEEP
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,” Dispert added.
Ship Emissions Toolkit comprises three guides on assessment of ship emissions,
incorporation of MARPOL Annex VI into national law and development of a
national ship emissions reduction strategy.
The Port Emissions Toolkit
includes two guides for the assessment of port emissions and the development of