Danish pressure leads to less shipping pollution in Baltic and North Seas

Following Danish pressure, the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) approved the more stringent legislation this week. “Denmark has worked for several years to toughen the NOx demands for ships sailing in the North and Baltic seas,” said the environment and food minister, Esben Lunde Larsen. Ship smoke is a considerable source of air pollution in the countries around the two bodies of water. In 2015, the IMO toughened its demands for ships to cut sulphur emissions by 90 percent. IMO’s new decision means that any ships built after 1 January 2021 must reduce NOx pollution by 75 percent compared to ships built today. The new legislation is expected to be finally approved during the next IMO meeting in the spring of 2017. (Copenhagen Post)



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