Environmental NGOs push for ban on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic

A ban on sailing with heavy fuel oil in fragile regions such as the Arctic needs to be settled now, say several NGOs calling on the IMO. The Arctic and several other topics are on the agenda in London this week.

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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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