Germany launches world's first ship ecolabel

Pollution, safety standards, at heart of Blue Angel environmental label for freight shipping

Pollution and safety standards dominate the world's first green label for cargo ships and oil tankers launched last week by the German environment agency under the Blue Angel scheme. The new label was simultaneously awarded for the first time to Swedish operator Södra for three cargo vessels.

Environmental criteria that ships must meet to qualify for the label include reduced sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate emissions and better waste management systems. Hull stress monitoring and provision of emergency towing equipment are among the safety criteria specified.

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