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Ships’ NOx thrown overboard in emissions monitoring plan

19/05/2014
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MEPs have voted to exclude nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of shipping emissions in the EU, despite the fact that NOx from shipping in Europe is expected to exceed all land-based sources by 2020. The vote came shortly after a decision by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to delay stricter NOx engine standards for new ships operating in any newly declared NOx emissions control areas (NECAs).

The European Parliament plenary meeting on April 16 accepted the Commission’s proposal to monitor carbon dioxide from shipping but rejected the Environment Committee’s advice to also include NOx. Air pollution from international shipping, of which SOx and NOx emissions are a big part, accounts for about 50,000 premature deaths per year in Europe.

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