The IMO 2020 sulphur cap aims to promote green practices within the industry; fortunately, already established measures have paved the way for more environmentally friendly shipping. A key example is the IMO NOx Tier III limits. These limits apply to engines installed on or after 1 January 2016 that are operating in ECAs and establish a strict limit on their emissions.
For the European market, Tier III regulations will come into effect in the North Sea and Baltic Sea ECAs from 1 January 2021. The shipping industry, with the support of the IMO regulatory framework, has already begun the transition towards a sustainable future.
The IMO has adopted and will continue to develop measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the sulphur content of ships’ fuel oil, and implement further measures to lower the environmental footprint of the shipping industry.