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IMO RELEASES VIDEO ON MARITIME EMISSIONS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Thursday, May 16, 2019 

A new IMO video puts the spotlight on how an IMO/EU initiative is helping cut maritime emissions in the Solomon Islands as part of a global project to help tackle climate change

The Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) Pacific - one of five regional centres established under the IMO-led Global MTCC Network (GMN) project - helped the Solomon Islands port carry out a full energy efficiency and emissions audit. Eranda Kotelawala, CEO Solomon Islands Port Authority, showed an IMO team around the port, where a series of emission-cutting measures have been and are being implemented: from the solar-powered lights, to weighing in motion systems so that diesel-powered trucks do not have to stop and idle, and even repairing cracks in the road surface to help cut emissions and improve air quality.

It has been estimated that savings of up to 75% can be made in the shipping and port industries just by using existing technology and doing things a little bit differently.

Simon Wame, a ship operator based in the Solomon Islands, told IMO that MTCC-Pacific was helping him to save money – and cut emissions – by supporting a data collection system. "Fuel is very expensive. If I can save money it will be a great advantage for me," Mr. Wame said. "We are collecting fuel consumption data on board our vessels and then we supply this fuel consumption data to the MTCC team. And then the team analyse the data; and they provide us with the technical recommendations on efficiency and fuel consumption."

It's the same story for Joy Rurime, a shipowner/operator who heads a family business running one of the largest inter-island trading vessels in the Solomon Islands. "The MTCC has given us a new opportunity to manage our operation efficiently - and also to look after the environment that we serve in," said Rurime.

Over on the island of New Georgia, the Port of Noro is an important tuna catching and tinning centre. Glyn Joshua, Energy Efficiency Manager, Solomon Islands Port Authority, showed IMO where a new solar farm will be installed to power reefer containers - saving energy and cutting emissions.

Tackling emissions at a local level is all part of the global GMN project, which is having similar impacts in all five regions where an IMO GMN Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre has been established. These are global efforts, through regional and local implementation - to tackle a global problem. "Climate change has no borders, it is a global issue. And only globally can it be tackled," said Meropi Paneli, Senior policy Officer and Programme Manager, European Commission. 

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