Marine fuels, the IMO’s strategy

At the 72nd session of the MEPC discussion on the new limit for sulfur and greenhouse gas emissions

20180412_2.jpg“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