Researchers raise prospect of Australian ECA

Around 30 per cent of man-made nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions and 20 per cent of sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions in the Australian region come from shipping, according to a new study.

Dr Ian Galbally, who works for Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), said that NOx and SO2 emissions from ships were “comparable in magnitude with other national sources such as energy generation and industry”. Referring to the North American and North European Emission Control Areas (ECA), the co-author of the study, Dr Laurie Goldsworthy from the Australian Maritime College, said “We need to do more studies here to determine whether we need similar regulations”.

Source: Sustainable Shipping News, 31 August 2012

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