In 2013, the HELCOM Ministerial Meeting emphasized the need to work jointly in co-operation with other regional governmental and non-governmental organizations, the industry and research community, to further promote development and enhanced use of green technologies and alternative fuels, including LNG, methanol as well as other propulsion technologies, in order to reduce harmful exhaust gas emissions and greenhouse gases from ships.
A subgroup to HELCOM Maritime was established in 2014 and the roadmap for green technology and alternative fuels was agreed. In late 2016 the, now named subgroup, "Green Team" compiled a workplan, encouraged by a decision at HELCOM MARITIME 16. It was circulated among, and agreed by the HELCOM Maritime participants and observers before sent to HELCOM HoD for acceptance. Highlighted at that meeting was agian the importance of this public-private cooperation in enabling sustainable shipping in the region taking into account the regulatory role of IMO, invited the sub-group to cooperate with the EU Sustainable Shipping Forum, requested the group to pay specific attention to the “economic growth goals” and references to economic needs and adopted the Work Plan after making minor adjustments.
The Meeting welcomed the aims of Finland, Sweden and Secretariat to plan detailed work of the HELCOM GREEN TEAM in the near future, including organizing a face to face meeting later in 2017.
To view the full workplan suggestion, you can click on the following link; http://www.helcom.fi/helcom-at-work/groups/maritime/green-technology-and-alternative-fuels-platform-for-shipping/