EUROPEAN COMMISSION CALLS A NEW MEETING ON AIR POLLUTION DIRECTIVE 1999/32

The European Commission has called a meeting in Brussels for 15 April to consider a new discussion paper indicating possible amendments to Directive 1999/32 on the sulphur content of marine fuels.

With its commitment to review the environmental effectiveness and practicality of the current Directive, the European Commission has called a new meeting in Brussels for 15 April. The meeting will be invited to consider a new discussion paper indicating possible amendments to Directive 1999/32 on the sulphur content of marine fuels.

 

Proposed amendments

 

These proposed amendments show a positive approach and include a number of important suggestions forwarded previously by the industry, including INTERTANKO, namely:

 

  • to regulate the sulphur content of marine fuels in line with international regulations,
  • regulations should not be overly prescriptive about which grade of fuel should be used
  • to ensure that compliant fuels are made available

 

At the same time the proposed amendments still contain a number of suggested measures that would be impractical and thus difficult to comply with.

 

INTERTANKO action

 

INTERTANKO (also representing INTERCARGO) will attend the meeting on 15 April in Brussels. Click here for The INTERTANKO/INTERCARGO Position paper. This outlines our position and gives further useful suggestions for a positive finalisation of these amendments. It also contains our suggested changes to the amendments proposed by the European Commission.

 

Contact: Dragos Rauta, e-mail: dragos.rauta@intertanko.com