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The Government has regular meetings with key stakeholders in the maritime sector, such as through the Ministerial Maritime Working Group and the Clean Maritime Council, on a range of issues including sulphur. We also consult UK stakeholders on sulphur before any International Maritime Organization (IMO) committee or sub-committee which discusses the issue, so that we can take their views into account.
Internationally some parts of industry have raised some technical and operational questions associated with the new limit, and the UK and other States are working hard with industry and NGO’s to resolve these issues at the IMO. Overall however, the shipping industry in the UK supports the introduction of the global sulphur cap in 2020, as an important step towards reducing the harmful effects on public health and the environment from air pollution.