July 2020


IMO 2020: Keeping ships at sea while meeting sustainability targets

On January 1, new rules for sulfur emissions on marine bunker fuel came into force.

Müller, K., Clariant

On January 1, new rules for sulfur emissions on marine bunker fuel came into force. These rules constitute the biggest change in decades to environmental regulations in the shipping industry. The new sulfur emissions rules are part of a more ambitious, long-term strategy from the United Nations shipping agency—the International Maritime Organization (IMO)—around sustainability, in which 2020 marks the beginning of the Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet initiative. This initiative includes the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008, while pursuing efforts toward phasing them out totally. The new IMO regulations ban ships fr

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