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Why new VLSFO 0.5% sulphur fuels emit higher black carbon emissions

Now that the sulphur cap is effective, blending is the only economical method to produce low sulphur fuels, states Mr. Francisco Malta, Director at VM Industrials – Aderco Australia who explains that VLSFOs could increase black carbon emissions because of paraffinic hydrocarbons; thus, shipping industry needs to focus on fuel stability and address all issues.

CAA seeks for collaboration on black carbon emissions

Following the letter of several shipping companies to Clean Arctic Alliance (CAA) about the VLSFO black carbon emissions matter, the association gave its respond by writing an open letter. Specifically, Clean Arctic Alliance seeks for greater engagement and cooperation between all the stakeholders.

Industry bodies respond to Clean Arctic Alliance

Organizations and companies from the shipping, bunkering and refining industry wrote an open letter to Dr Sian Prior of the Clean Arctic Alliance (CAA), in response to the claims that shipping’s use of IMO 2020-compliant very flow sulphur fuel oils (VLSFOs) could increase black carbon emissions, coming from vessels.

IMO urged to act after findings on VLSFO black carbon emissions

The Clean Arctic Alliance has called the IMO to support an immediate switch to distillate fuels for ships in the Arctic and develop a global rule prohibiting fuels with high Black Carbon emissions, after a study revealing that some of the new VLSFOs will actually lead to a surge in the emissions of Black Carbon. 

Vessels’ speed limits to have positive impact on the environment

A newly-launched study focuses on the importance of reducing shipping emissions and its benefits in favour of humans’ health, nature and the environment by reducing vessels’ speed. The report highlights that a 20% reduction in vessels’ speed would decrease GHG emissions, as well as curb pollutants that pose great risks on human health, as black carbon and nitrogen oxides.

Rotterdam to acquire recovered carbon black plant

Black Bear Carbon, a green, recovered carbon black (rCB) manufacturer, announced that it will locate its next Tire-to-Carbon-Black-Upcycling-Plant at the Port of Rotterdam, in attempts to solve the waste tire problem on a global scale. 

Clean Arctic Alliance calls for reducing shipping black carbon impacts on Arctic

The Clean Arctic Alliance urged the IMO Member States to reduce the impact of black carbon emissions from international shipping on the Arctic environment, as the UN body gathers in London for a meeting of its MEPC74. During the meeting, a number of issues, including black carbon emissions and heavy fuel oil in the Arctic will feature on the agenda.

Is regulating black carbon possible?

According to Air&Waste Management Association, in the assumption that the shipping industry was a country, it would have been the sixth largest GHG emitter, producing more emissions than Germany. The Association supports that although IMO’s decision on the implementation of the 2020 sulphur cap, they seem to ignore another pollutant, second to the carbon dioxide, the black carbon.

IMO Sub-Committee to conduct its Pollution Prevention and Response meeting

IMO’s Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) will conduct a meeting on 18 to 22 February to IMO’s headquarters, London. IMO’s agenda includes MARPOL Annex VI guidelines, safety measures on reducing the risks of use and carriage of heavy fuel oil, as well as measures aiming to decrease the impact on the Arctic of Black Carbon emissions from international shipping. 

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