Shipping industry to tackle air pollution

Key figures from the shipping industry met this week to discuss proposals to slash harmful emissions and recycling end-of-life vessels.

The International Maritime Organisation’s environmental committee met in London this week to look at self regulation and the introduction of codes of conduct which the industry would be expected to abide by.

While shipping by sea represents the most efficient way to carry large cargos long distances in terms of carbon footprint, the engines of large ships are notoriously dirty when it comes to emitting harmful gases.

Members of the Marine Environment Protection Committee were set to consider tougher restrictions on sulphur, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

A number of possible solutions are on the table, from different schemes for each gas to more inclusive packages looking at emissions as a whole.

The committee will also look at a new convention setting out globally applicable ship recycling regulations for international shipping and for recycling activities.

The convention will aim to balance environmentally sound design against safety and operational needs of ships, regulate the operation of ship recycling facilities.

Under the convention, responsible ship operators would be expected to only use certified ship breaking yards which met safety and environmental standards and agreed to open reporting.

Sam Bond

Action inspires action. Stay ahead of the curve with sustainability and energy newsletters from edie