Hong Kong study supports regional ECA

A recent study by the Civic Exchange, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The University of Hong Kong shows that excessive deaths in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta due to marine emissions could be reduced by 91 per cent should an Emission Control Area (ECA) mandating the use of fuels capped at 0.1 per cent sulphur content be introduced.

“The findings obviously showed that ECA is the most effective measure to improve public health,” said Dr Chit-Ming Wong of the Hong Kong University. “However, as vessel speed reduction could also reduce 41 per cent of the excess deaths and it costs very little when implementing, this control measure should also be considered.”

Source: Sustainable Shipping News, 20 September 2012

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