The Africa Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) was launched in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa on Wednesday to help mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.
Under the Global MTTC Network (GMN) project spearheaded by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the center help reduce harmful emissions from ships and navigate shipping in Africa into a low-carbon future.
Speaking during the launch in Mombasa, Bruno Pozzi, Deputy Head of Delegation of the EU to Kenya, said the launch of the MTCC comes at a time when global action against climate change is needed more than ever before.
Under the initiative, shippers will as early as next year be required to adopt new measures to address the negative environmental impact of their operations.
Pozzi stressed that all countries and regions, and all economic sectors are expected to make their fair contribution to reach the climate goals agreed in Paris in 2015.
“The shipping industry is no exception to this. That’s why the EU supports this center that we are opening today,” Pozzi said.
The Global MTCC Network (GMN) Project is financed by the European Union to the tune of 11.8 million U.S. dollars and is implemented by the International Maritime Organisation to cover the African region.
The center is expected to promote cutting edge low-carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport and help participating countries develop national energy-efficiency policies and measures for their maritime sectors.
According to the EU, greenhouse gas emissions from shipping are expected to increase but developing countries, which play a significant role in international shipping, often lack the means to improve energy efficiency in their shipping sectors.
Apart from the Mombasa-based MTCC launched in Mombasa, there are four other MTCCs globally.
A memorandum of understanding among the five centers was signed on Dec. 4, officially launching the Global MTCC Network. Enditem