14 Aug '12, 12pm

Less smoke on the water: New shipping emission rules set sail

Less smoke on the water: New shipping emission rules set sail

New stricter regulations affecting emissions from ocean shipping in the U.S. and Canada have already produced results and are the latest step in reducing the carbon footprint created by the transportation industries. As part of the new North American Emission Control Area (ECA), ships coming within 200 nautical miles of the United States and Canada are now required to burn cleaner fuels. And those standards will become even more stringent by 2015 – bringing Canada and the U.S. in line with similar European restrictions. Many large, ocean-going ships use low-grade bunker fuel , also known as residual fuel -- a by-product of traditional oil refinement and one of the dirtiest-burning oils. Bunker fuel has high sulfur content. When burned, the fuel produces high levels of sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxides. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/08/14/shipping-emission...

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