The IMO adopts preliminary guidelines on the use of biofuels in shipping to reduce emissions

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has passed interim guidelines on the use of biofuels and biofuel blends, a resolution that India vehemently pushed at a conference on protecting the maritime environment here.

The London-based IMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for taking action to improve the safety of international shipping and prevent pollution from ships.

The interim guidelines, adopted on Thursday at the 80th session of the IMO’s Maritime Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), stressed that biofuels certified by an international certification scheme meet its sustainability criteria and enable sustainable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions At least 65 percent of fossil fuels can be used in shipping.

With these guidelines coming into effect, India has great potential to become a biofuel hub in the world.

“With our highly sustainable second-generation biofuel, we are now frontrunners in the race. Brazil and China are the other players, but our biofuel has proven to be of higher quality,” Ajithkumar Sukumaran, Additional Director General for Shipping and Indian Delegate at MEPC, told PTI.

Other member states supported India in the resolution, ignoring objections raised by the US.

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