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Shipping: Exhaust Emissions

Department for Transport written question – answered on 6th March 2019.

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Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations he has received from the shipping industry on the International Maritime Organisation’s 0.5 per cent cap on the sulphur content of shipping exhaust emissions from 1 January 2020.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

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.

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