Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) recently announced that a national cap that is currently being planned to be put into place on emissions, which includes emission from international shipping, according to Ship & Bunker.
The plan aims to significantly reduce emissions caused by six key pollutants, including nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxides.
A report released by the EU Commission said: “MEPs approved the proposed caps for sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC), methane (CH4) ammonia (NH3), and fine particulates (PM, less than 2.5 micrometers), to be achieved by 2020 and 2030.”
MEPs also voted to remove an EC proposal that would enable member states to offset emissions reductions from international shipping.
Julie Girling, a British MEP, said: “Air pollution imposes enormous human and economic costs. It also damages the natural environment, through eutrophication and acid deposition, and it doesn't stop at EU member states' borders.
“This legislation will help at all levels of governance in the member states, including the regional and sub-regional authorities who have engaged so vigorously in the process. There is a real bottom-up demand for action.”
MEPs are reported to be entering into negotiations with the EC in order to reach a first-reading agreement on the proposed national emissions caps.
In the US, the Port of Long Beach is planning to implement its emissions control technology at a number of California’s seaports so that shippers can comply with emissions regulations.