Maritime Emission Control Areas

From 2011 to 2013
The European Commission assesses the possibility of establishing additional sulphur emission control areas (SECAs), new NOx emission control areas (NECAs) and emission limit values for particulate matter such as black carbon for marine sources. To provide quantitative input to such an assessment, a team involving TML revised and updated current information on emissions from ships, developed scenarios for the reduction of ship emissions in particular sea areas, and assessed their consequences in terms of costs and benefits.

TML updated the base year emission inventory for ship emissions and developed emission scenarios up to 2050. Scenarios include emissions of SO2, NOx, PM2.5, PM10, and BC. A second task TML was involved in is the estimation of the costs of reducing emissions for each scenario.

Calculations cover the following sea regions within the EMEP grid: the Baltic Sea, the North Sea (with the English Channel), the North East Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. In addition, these sea areas were divided into sub-regions, depending on the distance from the shore. The scenario analysis regions that are candidates for new SECAs and NECAs were treated separately.


From 2011 to 2013


European Commission, DG ENV


The International Institute for Applied Analysis (AT), VITO (BE), INERIS (FR), EMISIA (GR), NTUA/ICCS (GR), (NO), ALTERRA (NL), RIVM/CCE (NL), EMRC (UK)

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Kris Vanherle
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