IMO investigates the availability of future fuels and low and zero carbon maritime technologies

Inspenet, February 16, 2023

The decarbonization of international maritime transport is a priority for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and, by mid-2023, the organization intends to have a revised and reinforced strategy on the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from of the ships.

In this regard, a new IMO project aims to provide an assessment of the state of readiness and readiness of ship technology and low or zero carbon fuels, in order to help inform Member States while working on the review of the IMO GHG Strategy.

The key commitment of the Initial Strategy, adopted in 2018, is to phase out GHG emissions from international shipping as soon as possible.

Embracing technological innovation along with the transition to low and zero carbon fuels and/or alternative energy sources will be necessary to achieve this ambition. These changes also require consideration of issues such as safety and regulation, pricing and infrastructure availability, life cycle emissions, supply chain constraints, and the existence of any barriers to adoption.

With this in mind, IMO’s Division of Marine Environment has launched a project that provides technical analyzes related to the feasibility of pathways for the decarbonisation of shipping.

The “Future Fuels and Technologies for Low Carbon or Zero Carbon Shipping” (FFT Project) project is a partnership project implemented by IMO with funding from the Republic of Korea. Planned until 2025, it consists of three main phases:

  • A study of current and expected global adoption and diffusion of low and zero carbon marine technologies and fuels.
  • Identification and support of incentives and regulatory mechanisms, including safety and training issues, to promote the adoption of alternative fuels and technologies that include emission reduction measures in the medium and long term.
  • Promotion of technological cooperation – for example, through pilot projects – and organization of dissemination activities to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between developed and developing countries and the global shipping industry.

Furthermore, a website is being developed, which is intended to act as a dedicated online hub for IMO members to find and share information and data on the adoption of alternative fuels and new technologies as part of the decarbonisation of shipping. in the medium and long term.

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