The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is where the reduction of shipping’s impact on the marine environment is discussed. MEPC oversees the work of several sub-committees and influences subjects which cut-across the work of several committees, covering many key regulations.


MEPC 80 will be held from 3 – 7 July 2023.


MEPS 80 is expected to be focused by discussion on the reduction of the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from ships including:


  • Finalization and adoption of the 2023 GHG strategy
  • Finalization of the draft Guidelines on Life Cycle GHG intensity of marine fuels (LCA Guidelines)
  • Review progress on selection of mid-and ling-term measure for further development.
  • Prevention of Air Pollution and Energy efficiency of ships
    • Finalization and adoption of proposed amendments to MARPOL Annex VI
    • Proposal for interim guidelines for the use of biofuels and blends of biofuels as fuels
    • Revision of the IMO DCS
    • Proposal on implementation of short-term measures
    • Proposal for application of ShaPoli/Overridable EPL to EEDI calculations


  • Pollution prevention response
    • Amendments to PPR.1/Circ.7 for the categorization and classification of products
    • Draft of operational guide on the response to spills of hazardous and Noxious Substances
    • Draft 2023 for the control and management o ship´s biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species.
    • Draft for thermal waste treatment devices.
    • Draft amendments to regulation 13.2.2 of MARPOL Annex VI on different topics
    • Amendments to Unified Interpretations
    • BWM.2 circular, Protocol for verification of ballast water compliance monitoring devices.
    • Draft for the development of IHM


  • Ballast Water management
    • Amendments to Appendix II of the BWM Convention concerning the form of BW Record Book
    • Development of guidance for completing in the ballast water record book
    • Development of guidelines for the use of electronic record books under the BWMC
    • Development of Draft Guidance on the temporary storage of sewage/treated grey water in ballast tanks.


Source: IMO


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