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EC official backs IMO emissions

EC official backs IMO emissions
EUROPEAN Commission Environmnet Commissioner Stavros Dimas backed IMO's emissions study at a meeting last Friday in Brussels with IMO Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos.

EC OFFICIAL BACKS IMO EMISSIONS STUDY

EUROPEAN Commission Environmnet Commissioner Stavros Dimas backed IMO's emissions study at a meeting last Friday in Brussels with IMO Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos.

Mr Mitropoulos and Commissioner Dimas discussed regulatory developments at IMO concerning the reduction of emissions from ships, including sulphur oxide (SOx), nitrogen oxide (NOx), volatile organic compounds, particulate matter and greenhouse gases; ship recycling; and the desirability for all European Union (EU) members to ratify the environmental conventions adopted by IMO.

An IMO statement said: “There was a convergence of views on all points discussed and agreement on a common approach towards seeking and ensuring global solutions, within the timetable agreed by IMO, to the issues of gas emissions and the recycling of ships. In this regard, Mr. Dimas endorsed the need for the commissioning of a scientific study to assist in ensuring a comprehensive approach to the development of robust standards on gas emissions - as proposed by Mr. Mitropoulos to IMO's Sub-Committee on Bulk Liquids and Gases (which met 16 to 20 April) - and said that the Commission would support the proposal in the Marine Environment Protection Committee, which is scheduled to meet in July 2007.”

Mr Mitropoulos requested Mr.Dimas to assist in the earliest possible ratification, by EU members, of the environment-related IMO instruments, which have not yet entered into force (i.e. AFS 2001, Bunkers 2001, BWM 2004, HNS 1996 ) or which, although already in force, have not yet been accepted by all EU States (i.e. MARPOL Annex VI ). Mr Dimas agreed on the need for the EU members to show leadership in this regard and stated that he and the Environment Directorate-General would make every effort to assist in this endeavour, while also following closely, and contributing to, the successful development, adoption and early acceptance of IMO's other emerging global standards for environmental protection.

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