IAPH offers support to implement IMO GHG measures
Last week’s 75th Marine Environment Protection Committee Meeting (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) reached preliminary agreement over a package of short term technical and operational measures to address GHG emissions from ships. The package sees the combined introduction of the Energy Efficiency Existing Ships Index (EEXI) and the Carbon Intensity Indicators (CII)-based operational measure, a carbon intensity rating mechanism, and the strengthening of the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) framework. IAPH Technical Director Antonis Michail participated in the discussion and expressed regret that the compromise reached favours the less ambitious of the proposals put forward, regarding scope of application, reduction factors and enforcement. Nevertheless, and despite its shortcomings, he expressed the willingness of IAPH to work with all relevant parties for the efficient implementation and use of the package. More concretely, we will be evaluating options for the potential integration of the EEXI and/or the CI rating mechanism in the formula of the IAPH Environmental Ship Index (ESI) for the assessment of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions performance of vessels. MEPC 75 also discussed a proposal for establishing an International Maritime Research and Development Board (IMRB) to foster innovation and to accelerate the introduction of low- and zero-carbon fuels and technologies. In his intervention, Antonis Michail concurred with several other comments that IMRB does not constitute a market-based measure, and hence expressed support to initiate parallel work towards agreeing on MBMs that will address the commercial uptake of zero carbon technologies, fuels and related infrastructure. He further suggested that the IMRB research should also focus on supporting innovation in bunkering of clean marine fuels. In order to avoid duplication of effort, and ensure that the IMRB research embeds the ship-shore interface and bunkering considerations, we offered the expertise of the IAPH Clean Marine Fuels working group, through appropriate representation to any relevant advisory structure to be decided.
Members of the IAPH Climate and Energy Committee will receive a full report on MEPC 75 soon, outlining next steps for the Committee to take in view of the 76th session of MEPC, which is scheduled to be held 14-18 June next year and which will be preceded 24-28 May by a meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on GHG Emissions. For a general assessment of the outcome of MEPC 75, we recommend watching the webinar below organised by Lloyd’s Register.