HFO Free Arctic

Arctic Heavy Fuel Oil Ban Inches Forward, but loopholes denounced as “outrageous”

NGOs and Indigenous groups today cautiously acknowledged progress by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its Member States in agreeing on a draft regulation on heavy fuel oil (HFO) use and carriage in the Arctic, but denounced the inclusion of loopholes in the text that mean the ban will not come into effect until 2029, leaving the Arctic exposed to the growing threat of HFO spills for close to another decade.

Video: Banning Heavy Fuel Oil Use in the Arctic

Video: Banning Heavy Fuel Oil Use in the Arctic

“Everyone is going to be impacted by climate change in some way, but there are some people being impacted by climate change faster than others.” – Tasha Elizarde, Inuit Youth Activist.

“We do know that increased vessel traffic and the use of heavy fuel oil, even the existing transport of heavy fuel oil, is highly problematic”

The Fragility of the Arctic

Video: The Fragility of the Arctic

The use of heavy fuel oil by ships crossing the Arctic creates the risk of a catastrophic spill – which would be practically impossible to clean up. Worse still, when heavy fuel oil (HFO ) is burned in ship’s engines, the black carbon emitted falls onto Arctic snow or ice. This reduces the reflectivity of the snow, leading to more warming, and increased climate change impacts. The Clean Arctic Alliance is campaigning for a ban on heavy fuel oil from Arctic shipping.

What is Heavy Fuel Oil? And why is it bad?

Video: What is Heavy Fuel Oil? And why is it bad?

The use of heavy fuel oil by ships crossing the Arctic creates the risk of a catastrophic spill – which would be practically impossible to clean up. Worse still, when heavy fuel oil (HFO ) is burned in ship’s engines, the black carbon emitted falls onto Arctic snow or ice.