It is time to act in terms of banning heavy fuel oil, HFO, in the Arctic, environmental NGOs urge the IMO ahead of a week in which such a ban is set to be discussed by the UN organization's PPR work group.
Going forward, ships should neither sail on nor have HFO in their tanks when operating in the regions where emissions of heavy fuel oil leave black carbon residue on the ice, making it melt faster. The issue has been on the agenda for years without getting closer to a solution. As such, it needs to happen now, says Sian Prior, lead advisor to the Clean Arctic Alliance.
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