Technology network to steer energy initiatives

Kitack Lim Kitack Lim: “The GMN project brings together two of the most important themes that IMO and its member states are pursuing as we move into a new era"

A new network of technology centres will provide leadership in promoting ship energy-efficiency technologies and operations and emissions reduction initiatives.

The global Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) will, through collaboration and outreach activities at regional level, help countries develop national maritime energy-efficiency policies and measures, promote the uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport and establish voluntary pilot data-collection and reporting systems.

The network of MTCCs is the mainstay of the GMN maritime technology project, run by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and funded by the EU. IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, stated: “The GMN project brings together two of the most important themes that IMO and its member states are pursuing as we move into a new era.

“These are developing new and innovative technology and building the necessary capacity, the latter especially directed to the developing world, to be in a position to take up that technology and then use it to its best advantage.”

MOU signing

Directors of the MTCCs in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at IMO headquarters to establish the network.

MTCC directors and other representatives from the MTCCS, as well as from the European Union and IMO, are meeting in the GMN project steering committee.

On 7 December, the first meeting of the Global Stakeholders Committee will be held to brings together technical experts to share ideas and provide long-term strategic guidance to the project.

The GMN project promotes international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, in particular energy-efficiency and advanced, cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and fosters investment in energy infrastructure and clean-energy technology.

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