The IMO-CARES project to bring together GHG actors is accelerating

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The foundation phase of a project to bring together northern and southern stakeholders to tackle maritime emissions is nearing its final stage, following a series of technical workshops in the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific. IMO Coordinated Actions to Reduce Emissions from Shipping (IMO CARES) will support coordination to accelerate the demonstration of green technologies and their deployment globally in a way that facilitates blue economic growth in developing regions.

The preparatory phase of IMO CARES is funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and undertakes all preparatory activities to develop and design a sustainable global CARES program, which is expected to be a long-term initiative.

As part of the foundation phase, workshops were held between June and August in collaboration with the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centers for the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific, which are part of a global network of MTCCs. Collecting feedback from stakeholders in the respective regions was a major step towards building a multi-stakeholder coalition towards the launch of the full IMO CARES program in 2023.

Building on the success of the workshops, meetings were held with R&D centers, international financial institutions, UN agencies and others to identify their needs and how stakeholders could collaborate in a framework IMO CARE. “Future progress in maritime technical cooperation depends on close and continued collaboration between Member States, IMO, maritime organizations as well as financial institutions,” said Mr. Essam Al Ammari, Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization for Saudi Arabia.

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