Russia loses NOx fight at the IMO

The Russian proposal to postpone the implementation of NOx zones in the Baltic Sea was voted down by a significant majority at the meeting of the IMO's environmental committee last week. Here are the key decisions reached:

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In the past, Russia has successfully managed to disrupt the Baltic Sea states' efforts to implement NOx zones - the so-called NECA (Nitrous Oxide Emission Control Areas) zones - in the region. And Russia had the same plan for the meeting of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee, MEPC, namely changing the preliminary NOx efforts that the countries are working on. But this plan did not succeed.

"Russia had submitted a document with a proposal to introduce new requirements in relation to approval of the new NECA zones. Among other things, the country wanted a more comprehensive and thorough analysis of the receiving facilities in countries by the Baltic Sea, and in the cases where regional countries, such as the Baltic Sea states, had yet to set a date, the IMO should handle the matter. Denmark saw no reason for this, and the proposal was voted down completely," says Michel Schilling, deputy director of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and head of the Danish MEPC delegation.

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