The IMO-Norway Green Voyage2050 project has been extended to December 2023 by the Government of Norway in response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The project, which was launched in May 2019 and had its phase 1 due on May 19th, 2022, provides support to developing countries to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from ships.
Speaking of the project Sveinung Oftedal, Specialist Director of the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment and Chair of the IMO Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships, said that the project provides the countries with support and the ability to rise to ongoing challenges related to shipping and climate change and provides necessary support and resources to help them reach their GHG emission reduction targets.
At the same time, Green Voyage2050 helps developing countries fulfill their commitment to climate change and energy efficiency goals for international shipping, including the implementation of the Initial IMO GHG Strategy, which aims to reduce the total annual GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008.
The Green Voyage2050 project helps developing countries fulfill their commitment to climate change and energy efficiency goals for international shipping
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The project is working with 12 pilot countries from around the world and currently focuses on supporting the creation of policy frameworks and National Action Plans (NAPs) to address GHG emissions from ships. The 12 countries of phase 1 include:
- The Cook Islands,
- The Solomon Islands,
- South Africa, and
- Sri Lanka
Green Voyage2050 is working with countries to adopt green technologies through the identification, development, and implementation of pilot projects with the aim of spurring actions in the respective region of the country. They also host the Global Industry Alliance to Support Low Carbon Shipping (Low Carbon GIA), which brings together ship operators and owners, engine builders, data providers, oil companies, and port operators.
Low Carbon GIA offers platforms for participants to discuss and address the challenges faced with the implementation of operational best practices, efficiency technologies, and alternative low- and zero-carbon fuels.