Barcelona asks Spanish government to support Mediterranean ECA creation

Barcelona asks Spanish government to support Mediterranean ECA creation

Barcelona City Council has joined calls to create an emission control area (ECA) in the Mediterranean to limit air pollution produced by ships. Both the governments of Italy and France are understood to be considering the ECA proposal too.

Within Europe there are already ECAs in the North Sea, the Baltic Sea and the English Channel.

The results from an international study on creating an ECA for the Mediterranean are due to be published in the new year.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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