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Consultation on the possible revision of Directive 1999/32/EC relating to a reduction of the sulphur content of certain liquid fuels

Policy field(s)

Environment, Industrial Emissions, Air Quality, Transport, Shipping, Fuel Quality

Target group(s)

Stakeholders (companies and organisations involved in or related to shipping) and interested citizens

Period of consultation

From 29-10-2010  to 05-01-2011

Objective of the consultation

International maritime transport is important for both intra-EU trade and for the import and export of goods. At the same time, the contribution of international shipping to air pollution and air quality problems in the European Union is of growing concern.

Provisions related to the reduction of sulphur emissions are transposed into EU law by means of the Directive 1999/32/EC related to the sulphur content of certain liquid fuels ("Directive").

This Directive requires the Commission to present to the Council and European Parliament a report on the implementation of the Directive, if appropriate together with a proposal for amendments.

Annex VI of the Marine Pollution Convention 73/78 governs air pollution emitted by ships operating internationally. It has been amended in 2008, introducing amongst others lower limits for the sulphur content of fuel (some of which are related to standards included in the Directive).

The objective of this consultation is to collect the views of various stakeholders on possible revisions that are necessary to align the Directive with the 2008 amendment to IMO Annex VI and with revised ISO standards as well as changes which are being considered following information the Commission received related to the implementation of the Directive.


How to submit your contribution         

We welcome contributions from citizens, organisations and public authorities.

  • If you are answering this consultation as a citizen, please click here to submit your contribution.
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  • If you are answering this consultation on behalf of a public authority, please click here to submit your contribution.

Received contributions will be published on the Internet. It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

View the consultation document and the questions

View the questionnaire
Reference documents and other, related consultations

Contact details

responsible service

DG Environment, Unit C3


postal address

European Commission
Office BU-9 06/195
1049 Brussels

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