Studies review options to cut ship emissions

Big reductions in sulphur and nitrogen can be achieved with market-based instruments, say experts

The European Commission has released two consultancy studies examining the technical potential for reducing ship air emissions in EU waters and how market-based instruments could be used to achieve these cuts. The research was ordered following an EU strategy on shipping emissions launched in 2002 (EED 20/09/05).

The first report concludes that emission abatement techniques such as the use of selective catalytic reduction can yield large reductions in sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. These techniques can be "very cost-effective" compared with reducing emissions from land-based industry, it added.

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