The GIA was inaugurated at the first meeting of the IMO Intersessional Working Group on the Reduction of GHG emissions from ships. Thirteen leading shipowners and operators, classification societies, engine builders and suppliers, big data providers and oil companies have signed up to a new Global Industry Alliance (GIA) to support transitioning shipping towards a low carbon future.
The GloMEEP Project is a Global Environment Facility (GEF) United Nations Development Program (UNDP) IMO project aimed at supporting developing countries in the implementation of energy efficiency measures for shipping.
In his GIA launch speech, IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, said the new alliance will help shipping to make its contribution towards greenhouse gas reduction and the mitigation of climate change, a key target for the UN under its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“What we are witnessing today is the formal start of a tried and tested partnership concept which has the potential to boost still further our efforts to kick-start the change that society demands and create a firm, tangible basis to transform the shipping sector for the better,” Mr Lim said.
“Under this new public-private partnership initiative, these ‘industry champions’ are coming together to contribute to tackling the challenges of decarbonising the shipping sector.”
Together, the GIA partners will focus on a number of priority areas including energy efficiency technologies and operational best practices, alternative fuels and digitalisation.
The 13 members of the GIA are: ABB Engineering Ltd, DNV GL, Lloyd’s Register EMEA, MarineTraffic, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, Ricardo UK Ltd, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited, Silverstream Technologies, Stena, Total Marine Fuels Ltd, Wärtsilä Corporation and Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd. Author: Rebecca Gibson