MEPC and the adoption of the 2023 IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships

31st July 2023 | Print version

In this podcast we chat with Dr Harry Conway, the Permanent Representative of Liberia’s Permanent Mission to the IMO and the Chair of IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee. At the last meeting of MEPC held in early July, the Committee agreed, unanimously, to adopt the new 2023 IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships. This potentially ground-breaking strategy includes an enhanced common ambition to reach net-zero GHG emissions from international shipping close to 2050. It establishes two checkpoints on the path to 2050 including a 20% reduction by 2030 and a 70% reduction by 2040, both from a 2008 baseline.

In the podcast, Dr Conway explains the implications and practicalities of this brave new ambition and also outlines the work of the MEPC and what the committee will focus on going forward.