The International Maritime Organization’s 2020 sulphur cap on ship fuel will slash childhood asthma across the world by 3.6%, according to a study led by the University of Delaware.
The study was carried out in association with the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York and Energy and Environmental Research Associates.
There are around 14m annual cases of childhood asthma linked to global ship pollution using current fuels, the study claimed. The change to cleaner ship fuels will reduce ship-related childhood asthma cases by half.
The new IMO rule will decrease the allowable amount of sulphur in bunker from 3.5%to 0.5%.
“Cleaner ships fuels help people who don’t have an economic role in the pollution they are suffering, some in places that aren’t engaged in trade at all, as well as communities located along major shipping lanes,” said James Corbett, a professor at the University of Delaware.