Will ships comply? Will ports enforce new sulphur directive?
Hosted by Jytte Guteland MEP (S&D)
Stricter limits for sulphur in marine fuels agreed in the new Sulphur Directive 2012/33 enter into force on 1st January 2015.
All ships sailing in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel cannot use fuel with more than 0,1% of sulphur or can use abatement technologies (scrubbers).
With only a month to go, less than half of the Member States have properly transposed the Directive into national law. Enforcement and non-compliance are major concerns. Shipping air pollution causes 50.000 premature deaths every year in Europe.
Jytte Guteland, MEP, S&D
Kare Press-Kristensen, Senior Adviser, Danish Ecological Council Anne Skov Strüver, Director, Maritime Regulation, Danish Maritime Authority
Marianne Wenning, Director, Quality of Life, Water & Air, DG ENV, European Commission
Roger Strevens, Chairman, Trident Alliance (coalition of shipping owners and operators)
Taking place at the European Parliament, ASP 3 H 1, on Thursday 11 December starting at 13:00 to 14:30.