European nations rally for more ECAs

Yesterday at the G7 meeting of environmental ministers in Metz, France the Italian minister Sergio Costa met with his French counterpart, François De Rugy. Among the topics discussed, it was decided to carry out a joint initiative to obtain the declaration of a combined SECA and NECA (emission control area for sulphur and nitrogen oxides) for the entire Mediterranean Sea, something that has already been championed by Spain.

A coalition of NGOs stated yesterday that lower air pollution concentrations from ships in the Mediterranean will save 16,000 premature deaths and save up to EUR25bn in health costs.

In related news, another European country is looking at developing its own ECA. The United Kingdom has held discussions with neighbour Ireland about creating a 0.1% sulphur cap control area. The UK’s eastern seaboard is already in an ECA with the North Sea and the Baltic Sea further east currently Europe’s two existing emission control areas.

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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