The Sulphur Directive – cutting air pollution from ships

A policy lunch, The Sulphur Directive – cutting air pollution from ships, will be hosted by Jytte Guteland MEP (S&D) and organised by Transport & Environment with the financial support of Umwelt Bundes Amt.

  • Jytte Guteland MEP, S&D
  • Kare Press-Kristensen, senior adviser, Danish Ecological Council - download presentation
  • Anne Skov Strüver, director, maritime regulation, Danish Maritime Authority - download presentation
  • Marianne Wenning, director, quality of life, water and air, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Roger Strevens, chairman, Trident Alliance of shipping owners and operators - download presentation
What? Stricter limits for sulphur in marine fuels agreed in the new Sulphur Directive 2012/33 enter into force on 1 January 2015.
All ships sailing in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the English Channel cannot use fuel with more than 0,1% of sulphur or must use abatement technologies (scrubbers).
With only a month to go, less than half of the member states have properly transposed the Directive into national law. Enforcement and non-compliance are major concerns. Shipping air pollution causes 50,000 premature deaths every year in Europe.
Will ships comply? Will ports enforce new sulphur directive?
A light lunch will be served at 12.30 outside the room.
To register:
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Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 13:00 to 14:30


Room ASP 3 H 1
European Parliament
1047 Brussels