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Left uncontrolled, by 2020 ships will pollute Europe’s air more than all other sources combined. So it is baffling that an industry relying on ‘unrefined crud, laden with sulphur and other nasties’ tries to paint itself in green colours. The fact is, cleaner shipping is the cheapest route towards cleaner air, and ship CO2 emissions and fuel use can be cut today by a third at negative cost. As for the rules’ supposed unfortunate timing – well they were agreed unanimously well before the slump. If that feels like a long time ago, that’s because it is.