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Report: 570,000 human lives hinge on sulfur decision

More than half a million people risk dying prematurely if the global sulfur requirements are introduced in 2025 rather than 2020, in accordance with a push from strong forces in the shipping industry, shows a new report submitted to the IMO, which will make the critical decision. Read the full report here.

Sulfur emissions from vessels could be responsible for 570,000 premature deaths if global sulfur requirements are first introduced in 2025. The risk to the more than half a million lives can, however, be avoided if regulations concerning sulfur emissions in ship fuel is limited to 0.5 percent from as early as 2020.

This is the conclusion of a report submitted by the Finnish government to the International Maritime Organization, IMO, ahead of an impending decision from the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee, MEPC, in October as to whether the sulfur requirements should be introduced in 2020 or 2025.

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