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A lot of confusion regarding soot in shipping

Shipping could easily risk running into extensive environmental requirements regarding soot. The problem is that no one really knows what soot is, and what it does to the climate. Word is that "the Arctic could become a new ECA area."

Soot, also known by its proper English name, Black Carbon, looks set to become a category of pollution that could become a headache for shipping in the future. But it is a tricky concern, as neither NGOs, engineers or the shipping industry itself can agree on what - and how big - a role the emission of soot particles from shipping plays.

Soot is on the agenda, especially in relation to the Arctic, where the increasing number of ships could result in a bigger emission of soot, adding further heat to the Arctic. But then again - these are just estimates and discussions without clear definitions.

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