To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from maritime transport, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted in July 2023, a revised strategy that includes an enhanced common ambition to reach net-zero GHG emissions from international shipping by 2050 and a commitment to ensure the uptake of alternative zero and near-zero GHG fuels by 2030.

Maritime transport contributed in 2018 to 2.9% of global emissions caused by human activities, while in 2021, at the EU level, it contributed to 3 to 4% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions.

MIO-ECSDE is excited to be a partner in the 5-year long METAVASEA “People-Centered Transition for Maritime Decarbonization in the East Mediterranean” project, led by the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA) and supported by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, that aims to contribute to the implementing the IMO ambition in the East Mediterranean. METAVASEA kicked off on the 6th of October 2023 and will run till September 2028.

The project aims to:
• Provide a region-specific overview of the state of play with regard to maritime decarbonization,
• Identify necessary skills and competencies to support the green digital transition,
• Develop flexible training/upskilling/reskilling tools for seafarers, port workers and administrators,
• Raise climate awareness of marine communities in the East Mediterranean

MIO-ECSDE will bring into the project its experience working in the Mediterranean region, on:
• the science-policy-society interface
• networking and synergy-building
• awareness-raising and Education for Sustainable Development
• capacity building of wide-ranging stakeholders
• capitalization and transferring

Stay tuned for more news on the progress and outputs of the project over the next years!

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