As explained, the
training programme will facilitate the implementation of candidate measures to
be adopted by IMO and the development of national action plans to reduce GHG
emissions from the shipping and ports sectors. It will be funded through an
allocation of US$2.5 million under the existing memorandum of understanding (MoU)
between IMO and South Korea on the latter’s contribution to the Delivering
Strategy and Reform – Voyage Together Trust Fund (DSR-VT TF).
The GHG-SMART will focus on least
developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS). It will
help them to develop their capacity to achieve the goals set out in the Initial
IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships.The strategy recognizes
that there are potential barriers to achieving the targets and highlights the
need for supportive measures, including capacity building, technical
cooperation, technology transfer and research and development (R&D),
particularly in developing countries.
If we are to achieve the goals in the
initial IMO strategy, then we must ensure that no country is left behind in the
transition to carbon-neutral shipping… This training programme will greatly
enhance the implementation of the Initial IMO GHG Strategy, especially when it
comes to building knowledge and capacity in SIDS and LDCs,” Lim commented.
Participants will come from a range of different
“The Republic of Korea is fully
supportive of the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships
and the emphasis on its “Voyage Together” approach. The Government of the
Republic of Korea hopes that this GHG SMART training programme will be the
beginning of a concerted effort to assist the SIDS and LDCs with the
implementation of the IMO strategy,” Moon said. It is envisaged that
participants will come from a range of different stakeholders, including policy
makers, public authorities and industry (shipping, ports and ship building).
Link with other IMO-executed GHG
emission reduction projects
The programme will be strategically linked to the ongoing and
proposed major projects implemented by IMO to achieve GHG emissions reduction.
These include the Global MTTC Network (GMN) project and the GreenVoyage2050 project.There
will also be cooperation with the World Maritime University (WMU) for technical
input, and IMO’s Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP).
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