The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the IMO meets from 13-17 May to discuss various vital environmental issues, from marine plastic pollutions to Green House Gas emission reduction.
In April 2018, IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted an initial strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships, setting out a vision to reduce GHG emissions from international shipping and phase them out, as soon as possible in this century. More specifically, the initial strategy envisages for the first time a reduction in total GHG emissions from international shipping which, it says, should peak as soon as possible and to reduce the total annual GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008, while, at the same time, pursuing efforts towards phasing them out entirely
At the current MEPC #74 the following issues are on the agenda:
- Adoption of amendments to IMO mandatory instruments
- Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships
- Implementation of the sulphur 2020 limit
- Marine plastic litter action plan
- Ballast water management (BWM) Convention implementation
- Approval of guidance and other matters
- Technical cooperation and capacity building
The following working/drafting groups are expected to be established:
- Working Group on Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency;
- Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships;
- Working Group on Marine Plastic Litter;
- Drafting Group on Amendments to Mandatory Instruments;
- Ballast Water Review Group.