Prevalence of heavy fuel oil and black carbon in Arctic shipping, 2015 to 2025.
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Dwindling sea ice is opening new shipping routes through the Arctic, with shipping activity expected to increase with oil and gas development and as ships take advantage of shorter trans-Arctic routes from Asia to Europe and North America. However, with increased shipping comes an increased risk of accidents, oil spills, and air pollution. Potential spills of heavy fuel oil (HFO) and emissions of black carbon (BC) are of particular concern for the Arctic. Heavy fuel oil poses a substantial threat to the Arctic environment because it is extremely difcult to recover once spilled and the combustion of HFO emits BC, a potent air pollutant that accelerates climate change. For these reasons, the Arctic Council (AC) has called HFO “the most significant threat from ships to the Arctic environment” (Arctic Council, 2009). Thus, understanding how much HFO is consumed and carried by ships in the Arctic, and how much BC is emitted by these ships, is critical to assessing the current and.....
PublisherInternational Council on Clean Transportation
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)N/A
Spatial CoverageArctic Region
CitationComer, B., Olmer, N., Mao, X., Roy, B. and Rutherford, D. (2017) Prevalence of heavy fuel oil and black carbon in Arctic shipping, 2015 to 2025. Washington DC, International Council on Clean Transportation, 58pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-1733
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