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  • The IMO’s Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships

    Questions and answers on the IMO's EEDI: what it does, how it works and what its significance is.  Published to coincide with a critical vote at the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee in London, July 2011.

    International shipping has become the first industry to agree a global carbon dioxide reduction strategy. This month’s vote at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) approved the establishment of an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) requiring new ships to be built to a minimum level of energy efficiency that will be incrementally strengthened. T&E welcomed the decision, but says it cannot be seen as a solution on its own especially because the implementation waiver agreed for developing countries means the EEDI will take many years to be truly effective.