Under the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulation dubbed ‘IMO 2020’, the maximum permitted level falls from 3.5% to 0.5%, which the UN body estimates will lead to a 77% drop in the emission of harmful sulphur oxides (SOx), linked to acid rain and a range of pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases.
“The entry into force of the global sulphur cap is an important milestone for the entire maritime sector; it will contribute to further reduce emissions of harmful air pollutants, directly benefiting cities and communities around the globe, including important ones on our Southern European shores,” Valean said on Friday.
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