HQ: London, UK
The mission of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), as a United Nations specialized agency, is to promote safe, secure, environmentally sound, efficient and sustainable shipping through co-operation. This will be accomplished by adopting the highest practicable standards of maritime safety and security, efficiency of navigation and prevention and control of pollution from ships, as well as through consideration of related legal matters and effective implementation of IMO's instruments, with a view to their universal and uniform application.
"IMO is committed to the protection and preservation of our environment – both marine and atmospheric – and has adopted many pertinent regulations. The Energy Efficiency Design Index for new ships and the Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan for new and existing ships are now mandatory. These measures will contribute to GHG emission reductions from ships. IMO has also adopted a mandatory data-collection system for ships to record their fuel-oil consumption, starting in 2019, as part of a three-step process of data collection, analysis and policy debate. IMO has also agreed a roadmap which foresees an initial IMO strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships to be adopted in 2018. Considerable progress has been and continues to be made by IMO, which is also supporting developing countries to implement measures to address GHG reduction from shipping though technical cooperation activities. The Organization has materially reduced its own carbon footprint, and has retrospectively offset all remaining GHG emissions since 2008."
Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary-General
IMO has offset all its GHG emissions for the years 2008-2014 inclusive through the purchase of appropriate CERs. Greenhouse gas emissions for 2015 will also be offset (purchase of CERs in process).
As a regulatory agency for shipping, IMO is working to an established action plan to address greenhouse gas emissions from ships, as described in the message from Secretary-General Sekimizu. In its day-to-day operations, too, IMO is implementing several emission-reduction actions, particularly in important areas like the headquarters building, and will continue to take further action wherever practicable.