THE BUNKER FUEL ERA IN THE ARCTIC COMES TO ITS END: RUSSIA OPTS FOR MORE ECO-FRIENDLY FUEL
The next important stage in achieving the goal of fuel oil prohibition will be the meeting of IMO's Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR6) in February 2019 to assess the measures for mitigating the consequences of fuel oil prohibition in the Arctic.
"Today we observe real progress in the mitigation of threats from fuel oil spills in the Arctic both at the global level and domestically," Alexey Knizhnikov, Head of the Program for the Environmental Policy of the Fuel and Energy Sector, WWF Russia, commented. "Thus, we see the ever-greater support of fuel oil replacement for alternative types of fuel both from the governments and shipping companies."
The expert pointed out the crucial importance of the declaration made by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Russia, Dmitry Kobylkin, on October 30 that using LNG as clean fuel should become a norm for the Arctic fleet.
"Emergency spills of fuel oil may turn out a disaster for the fragile arctic ecosystems, and the growth of the shipping industry in the Arctic will lead to increased emissions of pollutants, including soot," Alexey Knizhnkov commented. "So, we welcome the position of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to replace fuel oil for more eco-friendly types of fuel."
Earlier, in August this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the President of Finland Sauli Niinistö expressed their mutual intention to shift to more eco-friendly fuel in the Arctic, such as, for example, liquified natural gas (LNG).
"Replacement of coal and
oil, being today the main energy sources in the arctic settlements, for
liquified natural gas to supply energy to the arctic regions within the scope
of Severny Zavoz will help to speed up the transition from fuel oil to such
types of alternative fuel as LNG," Alexey
Photo in the announcement: (c) Alexander Skryabin.