Global MTTC Network - A global network for energy-efficient shipping

Initiative Type: Network

Belém Statement Area: Ocean Technology

Initiative Location: International

Time Frame: Ongoing


Funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Global MTTC Network (GMN) – formally titled "Capacity Building for Climate Mitigation in the Maritime Shipping Industry " – initiative unites technology centres – Maritime Technologies Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) – in targeted regions into a global network. Together, they are promoting technologies and operations to improve energy efficiency in the maritime sector and help navigate shipping into a low-carbon future. Developing countries and, in particular, Least Developed Countries and Small Islands Developing States, will be the main beneficiaries of this ambitious initiative. Building capacity: Carefully selected to become centres of excellence for their regions, the MTCCs focus on technical co-operation, capacity building and technology transfer. The MTCCs act as regional focal points for a wide range of activities to: 1. improve compliance with existing and future international energy-efficiency regulations; 2. help participating countries develop national energy-efficiency policies and measures for their maritime sectors; 3. promote uptake of low-carbon technologies and operations in maritime transport; 4. establish voluntary pilot data-collection and reporting systems to feed back into the global regulatory process.

Contact: Anton Rhodes, United Nations International Maritime Organization,

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