WMU Contributes to MTCC Africa Energy Efficiency Confex
On 17 March, Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University (WMU), delivered keynote remarks on the opening day of the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) Africa Energy Efficiency Conference and Exhibition (Confex). Her remarks focused on WMU’s contribution to Maritime Energy Management (MEM) and making an impact towards a sustainable future.
Dr Doumbia-Henry addressed the priority of reduction and removal of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) from international shipping to meet the global commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. She noted the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) initial GHG strategy has accelerated the momentum of the decarbonisation efforts within the shipping industry and highlighted the work that WMU is doing to support the effort through both education and research.
The WMU education stream relating to Maritime Energy Management (MEM) is a direct and effective mechanism for addressing GHG emissions. WMU is strongly committed to UN SDGs 7 and 13 and works to support the achievement of sustainable and energy-efficient maritime and ocean industries. The University is at the forefront of MEM education and research and has offered an MEM specialization within its Master of Science programme since 2016, and successively introduced an MEM postgraduate diploma programme in 2018. In addition, MEM is a WMU Research Priority Area that examines issues raised in respect to energy management with a view to reducing air pollution and generating and consuming energy in a sustainable manner.
Dr Doumbia Henry emphasized that MEM requires significant research in understanding current problems, generating innovative approaches to policy making for energy management, the design and operation of vessels with particular reference to the use of renewable sources of energy and to provide valuable insights into how the maritime industry can contribute substantially, and in an accelerated manner, to achieving a zero/low carbon and an energy efficient global future.
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