The preparatory phase of the
IMO Coordinated Actions to Reduce Emissions from Shipping (IMO CARES) project
has been launched at the IMO-Singapore Future of Shipping Conference.
The foundation project of the IMO
Coordinated Actions to Reduce Emissions from Shipping (IMO CARES) project,
which aims to bring stakeholders together from the global north and global
south, was launched last week at the IMO-Singapore Future of Shipping Conference.
IMO CARES is expected to be a long-term
programme. It will support coordination to promote innovation, research and
development collaboration, accelerate adoption of green technologies and
facilitate their deployment in developing regions.
“IMO CARES will provide an excellent
platform to promote inclusive innovation. Innovation is key to addressing many
of the challenges that we face to reduce emissions from shipping. We look
forward to the extensive consultations with interested partners from both the
global north and global south. Both sides can gain significantly from this
initiative by connecting R&D initiatives as well as demonstrating
innovative technology solutions through such partnerships,” said Mr. Jose
Matheickal, Chief, Department of Projects and Partnerships of IMO, during the
The IMO CARES Foundation Project is
financed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and will undertake all the preparatory
activities to develop and design the long-term global programme.
During this preparatory phase, regional and
global consultation workshops will be organized to help design the key elements
and foundational framework of the global programme.
The preparatory project will engage key
stakeholders to be part of the long-term IMO CARES programme. Potential
stakeholders include Governments, donors, maritime technology cooperation
centers, decarbonization R&D centres, Global Industry Alliances and
"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is
delighted to work alongside the IMO in providing the seed funding to design and
support this initiative. It is our sincere hope that many more donors and
partners will come forward in the future to support the implementation of this
novel and strategic global initiative alongside Saudi Arabia, following the
completion of the design phase," said Mr. Essam Al Ammari, Permanent
Representative to the International Maritime Organization for Saudi Arabia.