EU proposes to slash sulfur emissions from ships

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 15, 2011 6:38 AM
EU proposes to slash sulfur emissions from ships

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission proposed on Friday to cut the maximum sulfur limit in shipping fuels, aimed at reducing sulfur dioxide emissions from maritime transport by up to 90 percent, the bloc's executive said.

The proposal would cut the maximum permissible sulfur content of fuels to 0.1 percent from 1.5 percent from 2015 in sensitive areas such as the Baltic Sea and the Channel, and to 0.5 percent from 4.5 percent from 2020 in all other areas.

"This proposal is an important step forward in reducing air emissions from the fast-growing maritime transport sector," EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik said in a statement.

(Reporting by Charlie Dunmore, editing by Rex Merrifield)