MEPC 62, in July 2011 was marked by a breakthrough at IMO, when, in response to the call for action in article 2.2 of the Kyoto Protocol, governments adopted the first ever legally binding energy efficiency standard with universal application for an entire economic sector, and thereby put in place a mandatory global solution for a global industry. The adopted mandatory measures are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2013.
Following the breakthrough adoption of mandatory measures to improve energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions from international shipping in July 2011, MEPC 63, in March 2012 adopted four important guidelines aimed at assisting the implementation of mandatory regulations on Energy Efficiency for Ships in MARPOL Annex VI. Finalization and adoption of the supporting guidelines was another significant achievement which provides sufficient lead time for Administrations and industry to prepare for the new regime and will ensure uniform application and effective enforcement of the new regulations.
It is against this backdrop and further to its mandate that the Organization will participate in the UN Thirty-sixth session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 36), Bonn, and report the significant outcome of MEPC 63 and seek to ensure that the UNFCCC Parties continue to entrust IMO with developing and enacting global regulations to control GHG emissions from ships engaged in international trade.
IMO, as the global regulator of international shipping, will continue its endeavours to reduce any environmental impacts from international maritime transport, a transport industry that is vital to world trade and sustainable development, and will continue to keep SBSTA and other relevant bodies of the UNFCCC informed of its achievements.