New brochure highlights air pollution from ships
Brussels, 20th December 2011. A new brochure produced by Seas At Risk and other european ENGOs gives an up-to-date overview of what is happening at the UN and EU level on air pollution from ships and provides recommendations on how to cut emissions quickly and significantly.
Shipping is a major cause of harmful air pollution in Europe and by 2020 shipping emissions of SO2 and NOx could exceed the emissions of these pollutants from all other sources in the EU. CO2 emissions are also a major concern and in the absence of mitigation policies, ship emissions could double or even triple by 2050.
This pollution must be reduced dramatically to protect health and the environment and to make shipping a more sustainable form of transport. Technical measures exist that could cut the level of pollution from ships by at least 80–90 per cent and doing so would be much cheaper than cutting the same amount of pollution from land-based sources.
The brochure: Air pollution from ships
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