The Clean Shipping Association (CSA) 2020 has released a statement in response to Environmental NGOs and lobby groups’ concerns relating to Exhaust Gas Clean Systems (EGCS), also known as scrubbers, which are used to meet international regulations on ships’ sulphur emissions.
“Collectively CSA 2020 is dismayed at media reports from activist groups that are making unsupported statements regarding exhaust gas cleaning systems. Many of these statements are counter-productive and do little to help the global shipping industry’s on-going efforts to prevent emissions of sulphur, black carbon, particulate matter and other substances from having a detrimental impact on the environment and on human health,” said Ian Adams, executive director, CSA 2020.
He continued: “Taking a wider environmental perspective, from ‘well-to-wake’, EGCS, a proven, reliable technology, is the most environmentally-optimum way of reducing these emissions. As such, we find it difficult to fathom the motives behind these statements when there is a clear record of scientific studies – including an accumulation study being presented this week at MEPC74 that demonstrate the many benefits of using EGCS to reduce emissions while having negligible impact on the ocean environment.”
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MPEC) is meeting this week for its 74th session and will discuss the role of EGCS in reducing shipping’s emissions. MEPC will consider proposals for a new agenda item, so that the Committee would consider to undertake an environmental impact assessment of discharge water from EGCS and to evaluate and harmonise rules and guidance on the discharge of liquid effluents from EGCS.