What is SOx?
The burning of fossil fuels in diesel engines creates toxic sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions that are harmful to natural environments and human health.
SOx emissions are damaging to ourselves and the world around us
SOx emissions, if not cleaned, have two primary environmental impacts:
First, they lead to acid rain, which negatively impacts freshwater ecosystems.
Second, they harm human health, as they can affect lung function, worsen asthma attacks, and worsen existing heart disease in sensitive groups.
In October 2016, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) voted on a global SOx limit. The new regulations took effect in January 2020. A global SOx cap was established at 0,5%, in addition to Emission Control Areas (ECAs) where SOx emissions are not allowed to exceed 0,1%.
The maritime industry is a heavy emitter of SOx. That is why Yara Marine Technologies is dedicated to deliver exhaust gas cleaning systems that help ship-owners and operators reduce their emissions and achieve compliance with IMO regulations.