sulphur emissions News

  • Sulphur-dioxide emissions are falling

    A new study confirms that global emissions of sulphur dioxide are declining, which is promising from the point of view of pollution, but a fact that could have implications for global warming. Global sulphur-dioxide emissions have generally been in decline since the mid-70s, though they did increase from 2000 to 2005, and peaked ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU sulphur limits to be revised

    The Commission has launched a consultation on updating the existing directive that limits the sulphur content of fuels used in ships. The directive dates from 1999 and needs revision to bring it in line with the stricter standards agreed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) two years ago. The Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC), of which T&E is a leading member, has been pressing the ...

  • Low-sulphur marine fuels work!

    Requiring ships to use low-sulphur fuels and slow down makes a massive difference to air pollution, according to a new study from America. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took emissions readings from a commercial container ship using high-sulphur fuels, and then compared them to readings from the same ship using low-sulphur fuels and reducing its speed from 22 knots to 12 ...

  • Sulphur and nitrogen pollution falling - but still harming ecosystems

    European emissions of sulphur and nitrogen pollution have fallen greatly in recent decades, a new report shows. However, even at present levels they harm sensitive ecosystems, and will continue do so for some years to come. Air pollution damages ecosystems as well as human health. Sulphur and nitrogen are both acidifying air pollutants which travel long distances, affecting water, forests, ...

  • Sulphur rules on ship fuels widely ignored

    Stricter rules on the sulphur content of marine fuels are not being widely observed. That is the conclusion of a report from the shipping insurers’ publication ‘Lloyds List’ which suggests stricter rules brought in last summer are not yet bringing about cleaner seas. Up to 1 July 2010, ships using specially designated Emissions Control Areas (Secas) had to use fuels with a ...

  • Further sulphur dioxide reductions would lead to greater health benefits

    EU air pollution legislation to reduce sulphur dioxide (SO2) has effectively reduced rates of premature deaths, new research suggests. Moreover, additional reductions would lead to even further public health benefits, the researchers say. In the 1990s, the European Commission drafted a number of policies aimed at reducing levels of air pollutants, including SO2: a chemical that has been linked to ...

  • Radical solution to climate change: global dimming through sulphur

    Tim Flannery, author of The Weather Makers and Australia’s best-known global warming expert, yesterday released a new climate forecast. Since his last major forecast in 2005, he has projected a direr outcome and in turn suggests consideration of radical solutions to the global warming phenomenon, including ”˜dimming’ through sulphur. Professor Flannery spoke at a business and sustainability ...

  • How the EU Sulphur Directive for Marine Fuels offers an opportunity for innovation in fuel saving technologies

    With most ship owners switching to Marine Gas Oil inside designated Emission Control Areas as of January 1st 2015, the cost of fuel could rise by up to 50%, so all measures to reduce fuel consumption are vital. Research and field testing has shown that the latest developments in engine lubrication and unique marine energy management systems can add more than a 15% improvement in fuel efficiency, ...


  • Statement by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik welcoming European Parliament`s agreement on sulphur content in marine fuels

    I welcome the adoption today, by a very large majority of the European Parliament, of the amendment to Directive 1999/32 on sulphur content in marine liquid fuels.  The multiple benefits are obvious: improved air quality and cleaner seas, a greener shipping industry and compliance with international standards. This amendment aligns the EU legislation with the stricter standards for sulphur ...

  • Commission proposes a fine and refers ROMANIA to the Court of Justice of the EU over failure to transpose EU rules on sulphur

    17 months after the deadline for transposition, Romania has not transposed EU rules on the sulphur content of marine fuels into its national legislation. The Commission is asking the Court of Justice of the EU to impose a fine. The Commission is proposing a daily fine of EUR 38,042.6, which would be paid from the date of the Court ruling until Romania fully transposes the obligations of the ...

  • Cleaning up ships’ emissions

    The cargo vessels that carry 80% of the world’s trade and the cruise ships that take thousands of passengers to pristine tourist attractions use the world’s dirtiest fuel. With 60% of the world’s ports already voluntarily excluding the worst-polluting ships, owners are in a desperate hunt to find ways to clean up their act – and a giant steel sponge could be the answer. ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Emissions from shipping to be regulated

    Market-based measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping will be among the key items on the agenda of the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), when it meets for its 63rd session from 27 February to 2 March 2012, at IMO Headquarters in London. The MEPC will continue to consider a number of proposals for ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Emissions cuts boost health and wealth

    Going green by switching to renewable sources of electricity could be good business for the US, according to new research. A report by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California says that cutting greenhouse gas emissions meant that the US as a whole was $2.2 billion better off in 2013. And as a result of reductions in other forms of air ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Air pollutant emissions to exceed limits

    In 2010, around half of the European Union's Member States expect to surpass one or more of the legal limits set by the National Emission Ceilings Directive (NEC Directive). The annual status report released today by the European Environment Agency (EEA) confirms that 11 countries anticipate an exceedance of their ceilings for NOx — some by more than 40 %. Of the four pollutants ...

  • An Econometric Analysis of Emission Trading Allowances

    We would like to announce the publication of a new working paper on an econometric analysis of emission allowances on 2005-2006 data. The paper is available at:http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=947055Abstract: World power and gas markets have a natural relationship with global tradable ...

  • Shipping industry moves to reduce emissions

    Maritime shipping is the world's most carbon-efficient form of transporting goods and the industry has now taken steps to further improve the fuel efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of its vessels and supply chain. Three large multinational corporations, which together ship over 350 million tons of commodities annually, have agreed to charter only the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • UK emissions of air pollutants - 2007 results

    Defra has published 2007 results from the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (NAEI) for UK emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) and ammonia. HEADLINE RESULTS * Emissions of each of the four pollutants have fallen between 2006 and 2007, with decreases of 2 per cent for NMVOCs, 3 per cent for ammonia, 7 per cent for nitrogen oxides, ...


  • Germany lowers biogas formaldehyde emissions

    The renewable energy sector has grown enormously in Germany in recent years and there are now large numbers of plants producing energy from biogas/anaerobic digestion. The emissions from these plants are regulated, but the measurement of formaldehyde (a carcinogen) is being reduced as a result of a financial incentive system. However, the measurement of formaldehyde is challenging and in order to ...


    By Gasmet Technologies Oy

  • MEPs vote to cap Emissions of Medium Combustion Plants

    EU countries would have to enforce sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emission limits upon medium-sized combustion plants, such as electricity generators or heating systems for domestic, residential or industrial use, under draft plans approved by the Environment Committee on Wednesday. MEPs voted to adapt the scheme to match the plants’ thermal input, so as to reduce the administrative ...


    By European Parliament

  • Medium combustion plants emissions: informal deal with Council

    Draft plans to set sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emission limits for medium-sized combustion plants, such as electricity generators or heating systems for domestic, residential or industrial use, were informally agreed by MEPs and the Latvian Presidency of the Council on Tuesday. EU Member states will have to assess whether to introduce stricter limits in areas where these emissions breach ...


    By European Parliament

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