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Sulphur Emissions by Ships

HC 1561, Sixteenth Report of Session 2010-12 - Volume I: Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence

House of Commons - Transport Committee
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'Sulphur Emissions by Ships (HC 1561)' reports on the increasing emissions from shipping which is expected to be the main source of EU sulphur emissions by 2020. A draft EU directive aims to curb emissions and the Transport Committee agrees that this source of pollution needs more stringent limits, but urges the Government to ensure the EU Directive goes no further than the revised Martime Pollution (MARPOL) Annex VI agreed in 2008.

The Committee recognises that the benefits of the revised MARPOL Annex VI significantly exceed the costs of compliance. Although the costs will mostly fall directly on ship operators, the report reminds the shipping sector that tighter emissions limits have been under discussion for many years, suggesting that operators could have been more proactive in developing pollution abatement technology. Operators should therefore expect to shoulder the cost of ensuring that their activities comply with relevant environmental legislation.

The Committee concludes that the UK Government must:

  • establish how the Commission will monitor the impact of the revised Directive on maritime sulphur emissions from the shipping industry;

  • establish what the Commission plans to do in order to curb the risk of 'modal shift' from sea to road transport; and

  • push the Commission to clarify the definition of passenger ships on regular service and the use of techniques such as emissions averaging.

Extent 76 pages ISBN 9780215042835
Size A4 Price £8.00
Format Paperback Published 09 Mar 2012
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