Jamaica is selected to be among the 10 countries that will take part in the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project, which aims to support the implementation of energy-efficiency measures to reduce GHG emissions from shipping. The other countries are Argentina, China, Georgia, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, Philippines and South Africa.
These countries will be lead the implementation of legal, policy and institutional reforms, they will undertake awareness-raising and capacity-building activities, and establish public-private partnerships to support low-carbon shipping. As part of GloMEEP, the countries will conduct workshops targeting the prevention and control of shipping and port air emissions.
Currently, Jamaica is planning a three-day session to help maritime administrations, port authorities and their personnel to better understand sources of emissions in ports, and identify strategies and solutions.
The workshop got under way on Tuesday, May 1 at Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL), involves the training of participants in the use of two new guides, which are being developed under the GloMEEP project. The Guide for a Port Emissions Status Assessment and Guide for the Development of a Port Emissions Reduction Strategy.
GloMEEP is being undertaken in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). It is being executed by the Project Coordination Unit established within the Maritime Environment Division of the IMO.
Recently, Jamaica's Transport and Mining Minister, Robert Montaque informed that Jamaica will make its efforts to reduce shipping emissions more intense, as the will present a Maritime Pollution Bill in the Parliament.