The International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Thursday (29 April) said it has partnered with the Government of Singapore to lead the NextGEN project, which has recently held its first meeting.
The project aims to bring together decarbonization initiatives in the maritime sector, and the meeting brought together multiple stakeholders from across the global shipping community and the maritime value chain who have an interest in cutting greenhouse gas emissions from shipping and tackling climate change.
At the meeting, some 70 participants discussed ways to ensure that no one is left behind in the maritime decarbonization process, and brainstormed actions needed to facilitate collaboration across the maritime and energy supply chain.
Participants were also informed of plans to launch a NextGEN portal in the second half of 2021, to aid discussions and share ideas, facilitating coordination between complementary initiatives.
The IMO-Singapore NextGEN aims to build partnerships between stakeholders in the public and private sectors, not only in the shipping industry and ports but also private and development banks, and academia.
Among the participants in the first, inaugural NextGEN meeting were leaders from the regional Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs), established by IMO in 2017 under a European Union-funded project to drive forward the changes needed to reduce GHG emissions from shipping.
The NextGEN meeting was held during the Future of Shipping Conference on Friday, 23 April, jointly organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and IMO to address both decarbonization and digitalization in the maritime sector.
This is one of a number of initiatives to support the implementation of the Initial IMO Strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. The Initial Strategy, adopted in 2018, calls for IMO Member States to cut GHG emissions and work towards phasing out GHG emissions from shipping entirely as soon as possible in this century.
“No single stakeholder can make decarbonization of shipping a reality by acting alone,” said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.
“This Conference and the NextGEN workshop are significant in bringing together many different stakeholders in the maritime sector to achieve a common goal.”
“We all have a part to play in addressing challenges and pushing blue sky thinking to develop and implement solutions.
“We need to facilitate decarbonization and enhance digitalization for safer, more environmentally friendly, and efficient shipping.”
“Developments in shipping have a real impact on the development of economies and uplifting of lives around the world,” added Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Minister for Transport.
“With deep commitment to collaboration in decarbonization and digitalization, we can realize a better future for shipping and for the economies and people who depend on it.”
“It is increasingly clear that decarbonization of the global economy is inevitable and all sectors must act now. We urgently need all hands-on-deck to speed up this transition and ensure we keep the 1.5 C goal within reach,” concluded Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action and Assistant Secretary-General for the Climate Action Team at the close of the event.
Photo credit: International Maritime Organisation
Published: 30 April, 2021
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