Russia gets its way on Baltic Sea NECA deadline

The countries around the Baltic Sea are nearing agreement on a NECA zone. A technical work group in Helcom Maritime has agreed on 2021, the date Russia has worked hard to push through. The road map still needs to be approved politically.

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Russia looks set to come out on top in the efforts to establish so-called NECA zones in the Baltic Sea aimed at limiting ships' nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions. Work on implementing these emission control areas has been underway for years, and now the companies around the Baltic Sea, through Helcom, have found a mutual foothold.

This week representatives from the various countries met in Klaipeda, Lithuania, where a technical commission in Helcom Maritime agreed on the future road map to secure NECA zones in the Baltic Sea, explains Ditte Kristensen, AC technician at the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who represents Denmark in the international efforts to introduce NECA zones.

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