HIGH-LEVEL PANEL: Fostering Innovation, knowledge sharing, and technology deployment towards maritime decarbonisation

Hybrid programme
10 November 2021, 2.00 – 5.30 pm MYT

MIMA successfully organised a high-level panel through a collaboration with the Maritime Division of the Ministry of Transport (MOT) Malaysia, in conjunction with several momentous events.

The High-Level Panel, “Fostering Innovation, Knowledge Sharing, and Technology Deployment towards Maritime Decarbonisation: Opportunities for Malaysia”, was held in conjunction with Malaysia’s 50th anniversary in the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the ongoing 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), as well as the IMO’s decade of action 2021 since the adoption of the first set of mandatory energy efficiency measures for ships.

The session aimed to explore opportunities for Malaysia in climate actions and sustainable development through maritime decarbonisation.

The High-Level Panel featured speakers from the government, industry, and organisations.

Overall, the global shipping sector contributed to about 1,056 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2018 alone, accounting for approximately 2.89% of total global GHGs emissions. A report by the IMO showed that GHG emissions are anticipated to rise to 90% of 2008 emissions by 2050. Following this, MIMA, in collaboration with MOT, is committed to sharing ideas, innovation, and knowledge-based expertise in the continuous effort to assist the implementation of measures to reduce GHG emissions from shipping activities, along with the recent adoption of additional essential measures by the IMO aimed at reducing the carbon intensity of all ships by at least 40% by 2030.

Panellists gathered for a group photo

The session invited key experts and representatives from relevant government agencies, industry players, and international projects to provide their perspectives on the subject. Dato’ Hj. Baharin Dato’ Abdul Hamid, Director-General of the Marine Department (MarDep) Malaysia, moderated the session for the speakers, which included Capt. K. Subramaniam, General Manager of the Port Klang Authority (PKA) and President of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH); Dr Yasmin Mohd. Hasni, Principal Assistant Director from the Navigation Safety and Maritime Communication Division (NAVCOM) of MarDep; Capt. Mohamad Halim Ahmed, Under Secretary of the Maritime Division of MOT; and Nadine Bresemann, Head (Maritime Transport) at the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA). 

The forum attracted some 120 participants from diverse backgrounds for an understanding of the GHG emissions generated by shipping and ports-based industries. Director-General of MIMA, Datuk Dr Sabirin Ja’afar, and the Under Secretary (Maritime Division) of MOT, Capt. Mohamed Halim Ahmed graced the session with their remarks, accentuating the need to contribute to the global fight against climate change in line with IMO’s strategy for reducing GHG emissions.

Speakers emphasised the past, present, and future action plan towards a greener maritime industry in line with the IMO, inclusive of capacity building, technical assistance, and technology cooperation promoted through global and regional projects.

Capt. Subramaniam spoke about the challenges and solutions for ports towards decarbonisation.

Dr. Yasmin shared the Malaysian experience on addressing ports emissions through the GloMEEP project.

Nadine Bresemann shared the opportunities offered by the Blue Solutions Project on GHG reduction in the region.

Capt. Mohamad Halim shared on Malaysia’s participation in the GreenVoyage 2050 Project.

The forum ended with closing remarks from the MIMA Chairman, Dato’ Mohamed Suffian Awang, who highlighted Malaysia’s potential to embark on green technology towards becoming carbon neutral.

Closing by MIMA Chairman

MIMA in cooperation with the MOT and MarDep will continue to work with the relevant government and industry players to address maritime decarbonisation. 

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