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Statement by Cyprus on the outcome of Marine Environment Protection Committee (ΙΜΟ-MEPC75), 16-20 November

Cyprus welcomes the approval of the draft new mandatory regulations to reduce carbon intensity of ships.

This is a step forward and a building block towards the implementation of IMO initial strategy for the decarbonisation of shipping. The draft amendments of MARPOL Annex VI, which are scheduled for formal adoption in June 2021, relate to mandatory goal-based technical and operational measures to reduce carbon intensity, including a review clause for the evaluation of the measures in the near future.

Cyprus encourages the examination of proposals put forward for the creation of Research and Development mechanisms, to expedite the research, innovation and supports the discussion of initiatives towards the development of low and zero carbon technologies for use by the shipping industry.