IMO is fully committed to reducing GHG emissions from vessels, in efforts to build a more sustainable and greener shipping industry. To remind, IMO aims towards a reduction in total GHG emissions from global shipping by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008.

The session to be conducted will be a platform for all IMO Member States and international organizations in consultative status with IMO to exchange views and share updated information on various technical and operational proposals to reduce the carbon intensity of ships. Views on assessing the impacts of these proposals on States are also expected to be shared.

It is reported that the session will have an informative character and no decisions will be taken; In addition, the virtual discussion will progress the dialogue among stakeholders, ahead of future negotiations during the next planned Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships (ISWG-GHG 7) and Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 75). It is hoped that both the ISWG GHG and MEPC will be able to be held later this year.