Ships’ sulphur emissions down 66 pct since 2010

Sulphur dioxide emissions, which cause acid rain, have dropped by 66 percent from ships in European Union ports since a new policy on shipping fuel began in 2010…

Scientists at the EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre measured air quality in Mediterranean harbors before and after the entry into force of the low-sulphur requirements for ships at anchor in January 2010.

In European Mediterranean harbors (Civitavecchia and Savona in Italy and Palma de Mallorca in Spain), they found an average decrease of 66 percent in concentrations of sulphur dioxide, while measurements taken in the non-EU port of Tunis showed no decline.

“This shows that the decreases in sulphur dioxide are a direct consequence of the application of the EU requirements,” the Commission said in a statement.

“The study also confirms a correlation between sulphur dioxide and chemical elements typically emitted from ship stacks, which demonstrates that ships were the main source of sulphur dioxide in the harbors.”

Sulphur dioxide is one of the main chemicals responsible for formation of acid rain, which harms plants, aquatic animals and infrastructure. It can also contribute to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.

Always useful to witness verification of good science used to aid health and life in general. Too bad there still are a number of politicians both sides of the pond still missing in action in the fight for healthier life on this planet.

Our American EPA just instituted a similar regulation for all coastal waters, east and west.

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