IMO Commissions Study on Energy Efficiency Measures

IMO14 November 2011: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) commissioned study on the impact of mandatory energy efficiency measures for international shipping reports that implementation of the measures will enable significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions from ships, specifically reductions of carbon dioxide.

The study, titled "Assessment of IMO mandated energy efficiency measures for international shipping," was carried out by Lloyd's Register in partnership with Det Norske Veritas. It found that: by 2020, an average of 151.5 million tons of annual carbon dioxide reductions would result from the introduction of the measures; by 2030, these reductions will increase to an average of 330 million tons annually; carbon dioxide reduction measures will result in a significant fuel consumption reductions, leading to savings in fuel costs to the shipping industry; and mandatory application of the measures will lead to more energy-efficient ship design.

The study was launched ahead of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC, to be held in Durban, South Africa, from 28 November-9 December 2011. The IMO regulations represent the first-ever mandatory energy efficiency measures for an international transport sector. [UN Press Release] [IMO Press Release]