Republic of Korea funding for IMO GHG reduction training programme

The Republic of Korea and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have signed an agreement to establish a training programme to support developing States in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping.

In a statement sent to today (28 October), IMO said the agreement will facilitate the implementation of candidate measures to be adopted  by IMO and the development of national action plans to reduce GHG emissions from the shipping and ports sectors.

The Sustainable Maritime Transport Training Programme (GHG-SMART) will focus on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS). It will help them to develop their capacity to achieve the  IMO 2050 goal of halving shipping emissions by 2050, compared to 2008.

IMO said that it recognises that there are ‘potential barriers’ to achieving the targets and so: ‘The four-year GHG-SMART programme will, therefore, support States (specifically, SIDS and LDCs) to address gaps in technologies and policies, by building knowledge and capacity in those countries to identify ways to effectively implement measures contained in the IMO Strategy.’

This would be complemented by support and training to develop and implement National Action Plans.

The agreement for the $2.5 million training programme was signed yesterday (27 October) by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim and the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea Dr. Seong-Hyeok Moon.

Thanking the Republic of Korea for the funding, Lim said: ‘If we are to achieve the goals in the initial IMO strategy, then we must ensure that no country is left behind in the transition to carbon-neutral shipping. IMO continues to lead the way with the portfolio of continuously expanding technical cooperation and capacity building projects. This training Programme will greatly enhance the implementation of the Initial IMO GHG Strategy, especially when it comes to building knowledge and capacity  in SIDS and LDCs.’

Dr. Moon added: ‘The Republic of Korea is fully supportive of the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships and the emphasis on its “Voyage Together” approach. The Government of the Republic of Korea hopes that this GHG SMART Training Programme will be the beginning of a concerted effort to assist the SIDS and LDCs with the implementation of the IMO Strategy.’

Under the GHG-SMART programme, training packages will be developed to cover a range of activities, including analysis and review of current policies, update on IMO regulations, how to develop national action plans, training of trainers to implement specific measures such as data collection, sharing of information and best practices.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor