Let's get Heavy Fuel Oil out of the Arctic

Greenland Government Agrees to Back Arctic HFO Ban: Clean Arctic Alliance Response

“We applaud Greenland’s government for speaking up for the much needed protection of the Arctic’s nature and communities, by supporting the banning the world’s most polluting fuel – heavy fuel oil. After spending time measuring air pollution from cruise ships burning HFO in Greenland this summer, I’m very relieved that Greenlandic politicians support banning it.”

Let's get Heavy Fuel Oil out of the Arctic

Who Is Ready for an Arctic Ban on HFO?

Clean Arctic Alliance has publicly called on shipping companies already carrying cargo across the Arctic to be transparent about their choice of fuel. While the IMO’s Polar Code already recommends ship operators “not to use or carry heavy fuel oil in the Arctic”, it is not binding. With an Arctic HFO ban on the way, The Clean Arctic Alliance wants to know – which shipping companies will become flagships for a HFO Free Arctic?

Residuals bunker fuel ban in the IMO Arctic waters CE Delft: Residuals bunker fuel ban in the IMO Arctic waters: An assessment of costs and benefits

CE Delft: Residuals bunker fuel ban in the IMO Arctic waters: An assessment of costs and benefits

The IMO has agreed to start working on the development of a ban on the use and carriage of heavy fuel oil (HFO) as fuel by ships in Arctic waters. Such a ban would not prohibit the carriage of heavy grade oil in bulk as cargo, but would require ships sailing in the Arctic waters to use and carry non-HFO bunker fuels only. This would lead to a reduction of black carbon emissions and reduce costs and damages in case of an oil spill, but also impose additional costs on ship owners/operators that otherwise would have used and/or carried HFO bunkers or blends thereof for on-board combustion purposes.