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.

Infographic: How Can We Reduce Black Carbon Emissions From International Shipping?

Infographic: How Can We Reduce Black Carbon Emissions From International Shipping?

To address the impact of ship Black Carbon (BC) emissions on the Arctic, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been tasked with developing a definition for black carbon, deciding on best methodology for measuring black carbon, and identifying abatement options. A considerable number of black carbon abatement options exist with varying reduction potential of BC emissions. Some are readily available, some in development, some expensive, some cheaper. This infographic goes through some of the most effective abatement options and depicts their advantages and drawbacks based on the most up to date scientific literature.

The Arctic Commitment

Launched in January 2017 by the Clean Arctic Alliance and cruise ship operator Hurtigruten, this leaflet explains the aims of the Arctic Commitment which are to encourage stakeholders to urge the IMO to phase out HFO use in Arctic shipping and urge shipping companies in the Arctic to switch from the use of HFO to cleaner fuels.

Heavy Fuel Oil: A Threat to the Arctic

An infographic by the Clean Arctic Alliance

Compelling facts and figures demonstrating the many risks associated with the use of heavy fuel oil (HFO). The document makes the case for the rapid phasing out of HFO use from Arctic shipping and offers some solutions on measures to protect the Arctic environment.

The real costs of HFO spills

An infographic by the Clean Arctic Alliance

Drawing on the lessons from the social, economic and environmental costs of four major heavy fuel oil spills, this document highlights how a precautionary approach should be applied to protect the Arctic environment from the disastrous consequences of a potential HFO spill.

Clean Arctic Alliance Position Statement

Position Statement by the Clean Arctic Alliance – HFO-Free Arctic: Ban Heavy Fuel Oil from Arctic Shipping

The use of heavy fuel oil (HFO) by vessels operating in the Arctic poses a major risk to the Arctic marine environment. It produces harmful emissions that negatively impact the global climate, threatens the food security, livelihood and way of life of Arctic communities and produces emissions that impact human health. As the use of HFO is expected to rise as vessel traffic in the Arctic increases, the Clean Arctic Alliance strongly advocates the phasing out of the use of HFO as the most effective mitigation strategy as a matter of priority.