DNV summarizes MEPC 76

Prisilla Nadar

The 76th session of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 76) was held remotely from 10 to 17 June. It adopted technical and operational measures to reduce carbon intensity of international shipping, taking effect from 2023.

On 23rd June, DNV conducted a webinar summarizing the measures discussed, which includes the Energy Efficiency Existing Ship Index (EEXI), the enhanced Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP) and the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) rating scheme.

Mr Tom Barrett, Global Head of Corporate Communications welcomed the presenters: Mr Eirik Nyhus, Director Environment and Mr Tore Longva, Principal consultant from DNV, Regulatory Affairs.

Citing IMO’s vision – IMO remains committed to reducing GHG emissions from international shipping and, as a matter of urgency, aims to phase them out as soon as possible in this century; Mr Nyhus said, “IMO aims to reduce total GHG emissions from shipping by at least 50% in 2050 compared to 2008 and reduce carbon intensity (carbon emission per transport work) by 40% in 2030 and 70% in 2050 compared to 2008.”

According to Mr Longva, the new measures will require all ships to calculate their EEXI following technical means to improve their energy efficiency and to establish their annual operational carbon intensity indicator (CII) and CII rating. Carbon intensity links the GHG emissions to the amount of cargo carried over distance travelled. The amendments to MARPOL Annex VI (adopted in a consolidated revised Annex VI) are expected to enter into force on 1 November 2022, with the requirements for EEXI and CII certification coming into effect from 1 January 2023. This means that the first annual reporting will be completed in 2023, with the first rating given in 2024.

They also highlighted the comprehensive set of guidelines, adopted by MEPC 76 to support the new requirements.

The webinar was followed by question and answer session where the presenters cleared the air around MEPC 76.


(Courtesy: Marex Media)

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