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23 July 2019 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 11:10 GMT+2



May 13, 2019

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Clean prompt Arctic Alliance that to the ships is prohibited the use of HFO in waters of the Arctic

The black carbon - denunciation the organization - accelerates the fusion of the ice and the heating of the region

In occasion of the today's opening to London of settantaquattresima the reunion of Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), than friday will be concluded, the organization not governmental Clean Arctic Alliance has invited the Member States of the IMO to reduce the impact on the Arctic atmosphere of the produced emissions of black carbon from the marine transport. The organization has emphasized that when the black carbon is emitted by the ships that burn heavy fuel in waters of the Arctic or nearby the particles fall on the ice or the snow reducing some the Albedo, that is the reflecting power, making to absorb more heat and so accelerating the fusion of the ice and the heating of the Arctic region. Moreover the Clean Arctic Alliance has remembered that the emissions of black carbon are harmful for the human health.

"Reducing the produced emissions of black carbon from the ships - it has evidenced Sian Prior, lead advisor of the Clean Arctic Alliance - the Member States of the IMO could start a fast and effective distance in order to contrast the current climatic crisis and to reduce lessened ulterior impacts on the Arctic. We are asking the Member States for the IMO to support the abandonment of the heavy fuel oil use in Arctic waters, that they are the main source of black carbon of the shipping. With the fuels more cleaned already available and the innovation and the ambition that push the marine industry to reduce the emissions, the Member States of the IMO must move quickly towards solutions to emissions zero".

"In 2015 - it has added Prior - all and the eight Arctic States have been engaged to assume a role guide in the cares of the black carbon and now it seems that all, except Canada, are supporting the abandonment of the use of the heavy fuel oil in the Arctic. As they demonstrate the recent comments of Russian president Putin and Finnish president Niinistö, the political will of the free Arctic of the Heavy exists Oil Fuel. Now it has reached the moment for the Member States of the IMO to transform this will in action, moving with urgency in order to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions and supporting the prohibition of I use and transport of HFO in the Arctic that currently is in phase of definition".

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