Marine fuels, the IMO’s strategy
At the 72nd session of the MEPC discussion on the new limit for sulfur and greenhouse gas
“We stand here at one of the most historic moments in IMO when, for some years now, the global community has brought nations together in a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change.” This is how Secretary-General of the IMO, Kitack Lim, opened the 72nd session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which will evaluate, among others, a preliminary proposal of the Sub-Committee on Pollution prevention and response (PPR) aimed to reinforce the controls of the 0.50% limit for the sulfur content, which will come into effect from 2020.
“Although we acknowledge the concerns about the implementation challenges, the lower global sulfur limit will have a significant beneficial impact on human health,” underlined Lim, and “ consistent implementation of the 0.50% sulfur limit for all the actors concerned will ensure a level playing field.” The Secretary-General of the IMO was also pleased to see “the proposal for a carriage ban of non-compliant fuel oil used on board ships.”
One of the points on the agenda of the session of the MEPC that will close on Friday is the adoption of a preliminary strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, which will consist in a framework agreement among the member states.
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11 April 2018 - 15:46 CEST