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North Sea NECA zone efforts drag out

Cooperation between the North Sea countries with the purpose of establishing a NECA-zone is making slow progress. Denmark envisions a North Sea NECA parallel to the Baltic Sea NECA, but Russia is lurking with other interests, according to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.

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For years it has been public knowledge that after SOx comes NOx on the global political shipping agenda. But the process is dragging out in terms of the nitrogen topic, NOx, and the introduction of the so-called NECA (NOx Emission Control Area) in the North Sea - that is, an area in the North Sea in which nitrogen emissions will be reduced and barred from exceeding a certain level, comparable with the SECA requirements which have been introduced for sulfur emissions, says Ditte Kristensen, AC technician at the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, EPA.

She represents Denmark in the international NECA efforts. Last week - week 7 - she participated in a meeting of the North Sea states, which in addition to Denmark include Norway, Sweden, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

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