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Thursday, May 16, 2019 

A major international project to support the IMO's initial strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping has been launched.

Entitled GreenVoyage-2050, the project will initiate and promote global efforts to demonstrate and test technical solutions, as well as enhancing knowledge and information sharing to support the IMO GHG reduction strategy. GreenVoyage-2050 is a collaboration between IMO and the Government of Norway. The Norwegian Governemt has contributed NOK10 million towards the initial two-year period, and pledged further support.

More than 50 countries in 14 sub-regions are expected to participate, as well as strategic partners from the private sector, who will contribute expertise and experience. Initially, eight countries, from five high-priority regions (Asia, Africa, Caribbean, Latin America and Pacific), are expected to take pilot roles, to pursue and undertake actions at the national level.

Speaking at the official launch of GreenVoyage-2050, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said the project was a direct response to the need to provide technical assistance to States and to support technology transfer and promote green technology uptake to improve energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions throughout the maritime sector. He drew particular attention to the importance of private-sector participation in the project. "I am particularly encouraged by the fact that the GreenVoyage-2050 project is designed with a private-sector partnership component," he said. "This will accelerate the uptake of technology solutions by the industry".

The project will support delivery at least two of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 13 on climate change and SDG 14 on sustainable use of the oceans.

Sveinung Oftedal, Specialist Director of the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, said: "Norway is very pleased to enter into this new partnership with IMO at a time when the global maritime community is discussing ways and means of supporting the implementation of the IMO initial GHG strategy. By addressing one of the highest priority environmental issues faced by maritime transport sector and by catalysing development of technological solutions, GreenVoyage-2050 can substantially contribute to the UN sustainable development goals and the objectives of blue economic growth in developing regions". 

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