NOx tax for ships could slash emissions – study

A charge on nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions from ships of about €470 per tonne could cut emissions in the Baltic Sea by nearly 60% annually, helping combat eutrophication and other environmental problems, according to an NGO study released on Monday.

NOx emissions from ships in European waters are forecast to grow by nearly 40% between 2000 and 2020, according to the report by AirClim, T&E and EEB. Tougher NOx standards for new ships adopted last year are hindered by a slow fleet turnover rate, the NGOs say.

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