Why Is Energy Efficiency Important In The Maritime Sector?

IMO is leading the Global MTCC Network (GMN) initiative, uniting several technology centers at the international level in order to promote technologies and operations to improve energy efficiency and reduce polluting emissions from maritime transport.

All sectors are studying how to be cleaner, greener and more efficient in the use of energy. The maritime sector is not an exception.

A more efficient use of energy means that less fuel is used and, therefore, less harmful emissions are produced.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) leads a project funded by the European Union designed to lead the maritime sector into a new era of low-carbon operations.

IMO has released a video describing how the GMN initiative is bringing together maritime technology cooperation centers (MTCC) in several regions in a global network. In this way, the centers will jointly promote technologies and operations that improve the energy efficiency of the maritime sector.

Five such centers have been opened in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific. Acting as centers of excellence for their regions, they will work with partners to develop technical cooperation, capacity building and technology transfer, sharing the results and their experiences through the network to ensure that a global problem is addressed with a focus common.

The MTCC are developing and carrying out projects and initiatives to promote energy efficiency technologies and operations. Developing countries, least developed countries and small island developing States will be the main beneficiaries of this ambitious initiative. For regions especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, the project represents an opportunity to participate in the promotion of this type of operations and technologies.

Estimates say that carbon dioxide emissions could be reduced by 75% by applying operational measures and implementing existing technologies. The GMN project is at the forefront of mitigating climate change and, at the same time, it opens a world of opportunities to all those who participate in it.

“We are looking forward to building capacity not only for Kenya but for the African region in general to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to improve air quality in our port cities,” says Nancy W. Karigithu, the Senior Secretary of the Department of State of Maritime and Naval Affairs of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Kenya.

Through the promotion of operations and technologies that improve the energy efficiency of the maritime sector, the GMN project is driving the direction of the maritime sector towards a future that is low in carbon emissions, and therefore, cleaner and greener.

 

Source: Sector Maritimo