Air pollution from ships

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Courtesy of European Environmental Bureau

Emissions from shipping contribute significantly to the concentrations and fallout of harmful air pollutants in Europe. There are however technical means by which these pollutants could be cut by as much as 80-90 per cent, and very cost-effectively compared with what would have to be done to achieve similar results by taking further measures on land-based sources. Such reductions are needed for protecting health and the environment, and for shipping to develop into a more sustainable mode of transport.

An EU strategy to reduce the emissions of air pollutants from sea-going ships was adopted by the Commission in November 2002. As part of this strategy the Commission also published a proposal for modifying directive 1999/32/EC as regards the sulphur content of marine fuels.

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