The amendments to MARPOL Annex VI Regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships, entered into force on 1 January 2013
, add a new chapter 4 to Annex VI on Regulations on energy efficiency for ships to make mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI), for new ships, and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships.
Recent work in the Marine Environment Protection Committee
2012 MEPC 63
: Adoption of four sets of guidelines intended to assist in the implementation of the mandatory Regulations on Energy Efficiency for Ships in MARPOL Annex VI
MEPC 65 - Update of GHG emissions estimate gets go-ahead
MEPC 65 (May 2013)approved the terms of reference and agreed to initiate a study for an updated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions’ estimate for international shipping, following discussion in an expert workshop, which met earlier this year, on the methodology and assumptions to be used. The new study will focus on updating key figures in the current (second) IMO GHG Study (2009), which estimated that international shipping emitted 870 million tonnes, or about 2.7%, of the global man-made emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2007.
IMO participated in the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 18/CMP 8)
in Doha, Qatar, in 2012 and provided an update of IMO’s work to address GHG emissions from international shipping to the thirty-seventh session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 37) under agenda item 11(d) – Emissions from fuel used for international aviation and maritime transport.
Studies and reports