Last 15 May, EQO-NIXUS was awarded a new EU-funded assignment in the field of Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction. The project’s main goal is to support participating developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific, and Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDSs), in limiting and reducing GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions from their shipping sectors.

The project includes a technical assistance component and a capacity building one to promote ship energy efficiency. It intends to establish a network of five MTCCS (Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres), each hosted by a HI (Host Institution) in each of the five target regions. On a later stage, these MTCCs will promote the uptake of low carbon technologies and operations within the maritime transport sectors of their regions and assist with the related capacity-building efforts.

The European Commission signed the contract no. DCI/ENV/2015/369-354 with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to implement the ‘Capacity building for Climate mitigation in the maritime shipping industry’ project. The contract entered into force last 31 December 2015, and it becomes the strategic framework of the project.