The Marine Enviroment Protection Committee (MEPC) 73rd session will be held from October 22nd to 26th at the headquarters of the IMO in London. Agenda items include the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHG), and the imminent entry into force of the new sulfur limits (“IMO sulfur cap”) in marine fuels. In addition to the reduction of GHG and the implementation of the IMO 2020 sulfur cap, issues discussed include developments advancing energy efficiency of ships, the fight against releasing plastic waste at sea and implementing the convention on the treatment of ballast water.
It is expected that the MEPC, also following the meeting of the intersectoral working group held 15 to 19 October, will define and agree on program measures as the next steps to kick-off its strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships to meet the IMO GHG strategy approved in April 2018. According to the IMO, the growth of GHG emissions should stop as soon as possible, and then descend to reduce to at least 50% compared to the 2008 levels. The initial strategy refers to a series of short-term measures, to be agreed and finalized between 2018 and 2023, of medium-term measures, between 2023 and 2030, and of long-term measures beyond 2030 to 2050. Among the first steps will be the start on 1 January 2019 of the Data Collection System on fuel consumption for ships over 5000 tons and the start, during the first half of 2019, of the fourth study of the IMO on GHG.
Further details can be found on the MEPC 73 agenda by consulting the IMO site directly.