We support tough new laws on sulphur emissions, but the European Commission admit that the way they are being implemented will have a detrimental impact on the British economy. In fact, figures show that 2000 UK jobs will be lost, and 12 million tonnes of C02 will be emitted unnecessarily.
We are working flat out to comply with new rules by 1st January 2015. But the ‘scrubber’ technology we need has only just begun to work, and when it takes up to 50 days to fit to each ship, the EU should accept that doing a job properly takes time.
If the UK shows leadership, others will follow. So, Mr Cameron, here is your chance.