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Energy efficiency: IMO looks for ways to lift barriers to technology transfer

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is trying to assess the impacts of the new energy efficiency regulations on developing countries and their implications in terms of technology transfer.

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As part of this effort, it is holding a first regional workshop in Ghana from 2 to 4 July.

Representatives from 11 West and Central Africa countries are attending "MARPOL Annex VI – Ship energy efficiency and technology transfer”, which is hosted by the Ghana Maritime Authority in Accra.

The information gathered during discussions will be forwarded to a working group on the facilitation of transfer of technology for ships, which will hold its second meeting in October at the IMO headquarters in London. The first meeting took place in March-April.

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has endorsed a work plan to assess the implications of chapter 4 of MARPOL Annex VI on developing States and identify the technology transfer and financial needs of these countries. An inventory of energy-efficiency technologies for ships is to be created, while barriers to technology transfer are to be identified, in particular associated costs – and possible sources of funding. Recommendations are expected on the development of a model agreement enabling the transfer of financial and technological resources between Parties for the implementation of the energy efficiency regulations.

The Ghana workshop is the first in a series which will assist in the implementation of the work plan. Three more regional events are scheduled in 2014, in South Asia, Latin America and the Mediterranean, with additional workshops in other regions planned for 2015.

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