The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MPEC) of the International Marine Organization (IMO) met at London, United Kingdom, to define a strategy to reduce emissions in the maritime industry of greenhouse gases.
The body met from April 9th to 13th and outlined a framework for all Member States to establish the future vision for international maritime transport, the levels of ambition to reduce emissions in the maritime industry of greenhouse gases and the guiding principles.
As of January 1st, 2020, the sulfur content limit of all fuel oil used on board ships outside the emission control zones will be 0.50% mass / mass. This way, emissions of sulfur oxides from ships will be significantly reduced, which in turn will bring economic and health benefits due to the reduction of emissions in the maritime industry, as well as the effects of these gases on the sector workers.
Among the topics discussed by the MPEC are a draft amendments to prohibit the transport of non-regulatory fuel oil (unless the ship is equipped with measures such as exhaust gas cleaning systems) and the implementation of the Water Management Convention. of ballast, the reduction of marine waste, among others. All these points support the intention of the IOM to reduce emissions in the maritime industry.
The maritime industry has taken several measures to reduce its impact on the environment and the maritime ecosystem due to the pressure the sector has received to become more environmentally friendly.
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