EU losing patience with IMO over ship pollution

Environment directorate chief sets out timetable for unilateral action on air pollutants if IMO action not forthcoming

The European commission has given the strongest indication yet that it is losing faith in the ability of the International maritime organisation (IMO) to curb air pollution from ships.

"Time is running out and we are running out of patience," environment directorate chief Mogens Peter Carl told a shipping conference in Brussels on Wednesday. He was referring to efforts in the UN-sponsored body to cut three "classical pollutants": particulate matter, nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide.

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