People-centred transition for Maritime Decarbonisation in the East Mediterranean

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To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from maritime transport, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted in July 2023, a revised strategy that includes an enhanced common ambition to reach net-zero GHG emissions from international shipping by 2050 and a commitment to ensure the uptake of alternative zero and near-zero GHG fuels by 2030. Maritime transport contributed in 2018 to 2.9% of global emissions caused by human activities, while in 2021, at the EU level, it contributed to 3 to 4% of the EU’s total CO2 emissions.

The 5-year long METAVASEA “People-Centered Transition for Maritime Decarbonization in the East Mediterranean” project, led by the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA) and supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, aims to contribute to the implementing the IMO ambition in the East Mediterranean.

MIO-ECSDE, as partner to the project will bring into the project its experience working in the Mediterranean region on the science-policy-society interface, networking, synergy-building, awareness-raising and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), capacity building of wide-ranging stakeholders, and capitalization and transferring.

Project duration: October 2023 –September 2028 (59 months)

Project budget: 670,000 €


The overall objectives of METAVASEA are to:

  • Provide a region-specific overview of the state of play with regard to maritime decarbonization
  • Identify necessary skills and competencies to support the green/digital transition
  • Develop flexible training/ upskilling/ reskilling toolkits for seafarers, port workers, and administrators
  • Raise climate awareness of marine communities in the East Mediterranean


METAVASEA aims to reach its goal by:

  • Conducting a research study on maritime decarbonization in the East Mediterranean
  • Mapping of skills and competencies needed onboard ships and in ports for the transformation of the human capital in parallel with technological advancements
  • Strengthening the awareness of marine communities in the East Mediterranean on the urgency to step up the pace for Maritime Decarbonization in the region through joint action and wide synergy
  • Dissemination, communication & and outreach activities

The partnership