Beat air pollution on World Environment Day

Tuesday 4 June 2019
Did you know that a reduction in the sulphur content of ship fuel will prevent 570,000 premature deaths worldwide from 2020-2025?
Ship in the middle of the ocean in front of a sunset with smoke billowing out

This World Environment Day the focus is on air pollution and the call to #beatairpollution will get even louder from 1 January 2020, when ships and vessels operating globally must use low sulphur fuel.

We are responsible for implementing the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) nationally, which includes a mandate for vessels to use fuel oil with a sulphur content of less than 0.50 per cent m/m. 

It means anyone operating a vessel anywhere in the world, must refuel with a compliant product or use alternative fuels such as methanol, LNG or marine diesel oil for small vessels. 

The idea behind the changes is to reduce the impacts of sulphur oxide emissions on the environment and human health, particularly for people living in port cities and coastal communities.

Find out more about how we're working with the Australian community to ensure it's ready for the global changes.

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