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Norway heading for zero-emission ships
Norway has set its sights on creating the world’s first zero emissions control area (ZECA). A resolution adopted by the Norwegian Parliament on 3 May seeks to halt emissions from cruise ships and ferries in the Norwegian world heritage fjords “as soon as technically possible and no later than 2026”.
“For the first time in the world there is a requirement for emission-free sailing in the fjords and their harbours. Norway has long been a world leader in emission-free ferries based on sound political decisions on zero-emission requirements. Now the country is taking a step further in the maritime green shift, that has global repercussions,” said Marius Holm, head of the environmental foundation ZERO. “At the national level, this will mean a welcome development towards emission-free solutions on many tourist ships, a significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and a halt to harmful local air pollution.”
Source: Ship & Bunker News, 4 May 2018.