International Maritime Organization delegates are leaning towards mandating an operational efficiency index for ships — as just one part of a multi-layered approach to dramatically reduce the industry’s carbon emissions.

The efforts to agree carbon reduction measures have officially started up again after a virtual meeting was set up this week to go over a number of proposals to achieve a 40% reduction in shipping’s carbon intensity by 2030 compared with 2008 levels.

The meeting was intended to kick-start carbon emission reduction talks again after they were stalled in early spring by the coronavirus pandemic.