Some well-known names in the commercial shipping and cruise industries have banded together to create the Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020), a lobby group for exhaust gas cleaning systems (EGCSs).
The group’s mission is “to provide information and research data to better inform industry, national and international authorities, non-governmental organisations and the public on the environmental performance and benefits of open- and closed-loop scrubbers and associated air and water emissions”, according to a statement.
The statement also said CSA 2020 intends to “support the implementation and enforcement” of International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) requirement for a 0.5% global cap on sulphur in fuel on its scheduled implementation date of 1 January, 2020.
Founding members of CSA 2020 include (in alphabetical order):
The companies who have joined CSA 2020 have all made significant investments in EGCSs in the lead up to 2020's sulphur cap.
The statement from CSA 2020 said the group believes scrubbers will “promote global environmental progress – especially the goal of reducing the health impact from airborne sources, which is at the heart of the 2020 IMO regulation”.
The operational realities of the 2020 sulphur cap will be discussed in detail at Riviera Maritime Media’s Asian Sulphur Cap 2020 Conference which takes place 24-25 October 2018 in Singapore.