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Discussions on Measures for Environmental Control of Ship Fuel Oil to Start under Public-Private Collaboration First meeting of the Liaison and Coordination Council for Environmental Measures Concerning Ship Fuel Oil to be held

The Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) decided to establish a new council concerning the smooth implementation of environmental control measures for oil used by ships as fuel. The council aims to promote information sharing among stakeholders under the framework of All-Japan initiatives, including the shipping industry and oil industries, and the Maritime Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The council also aims to coordinate the collaboration between these stakeholders in conducting respective efforts. The council will hold its first meeting on March 17 (Fri.), 2017.

1. Purpose

In October 2016, the 70th meeting of Marine Environment Protection Committee, the International Marine Organization (IMO), decided the start time that the controlled level of sulfur contained in fuel oil used by ships in accordance with international controls will change from the current 3.5% or less to 0.5% or less is on 1st January 2020.

The restriction must come into force at a globally-uniform level to further reduce the adverse impact on human health and the natural environment that may be caused by sulfur oxides (SOx) and particulate matter (PM). In line with this, Japan needs to respond to this effort as a leading environmentally-conscious country.

Meanwhile, Japan also fully recognizes the important role that the shipping industry and oil industries play for the Japanese economy and people’s livelihoods, the scale of impact of these industries on other industries, and the management state and other business environments in these industries. In light of these realities, as an important effort, Japan needs to strive to ensure both the implementation of the enhanced control measures and these industries’ smooth responses to the measures. In addition, these industries have requested an opportunity to exchange information, liaise and coordination.

To address this situation, ANRE decided to establish a Liaison and Coordination Council for Environmental Measures Concerning Ship Fuel Oil, consisting of members from the shipping industry, oil and other related industries and divisions in charge of the government of Japan. The council will aim to promote information sharing among stakeholders, hold discussions on measures for coordinating collaboration between these stakeholders in conducting respective efforts to ensure the smooth response of the affected industries to the enhanced control measures, and play liaison and coordination roles for them.

2. Outline of the first meeting

Date and time:
March 17 (Fri.), 2017; from 15:00 to 16:30
Venue:
Special Meeting Room, fourth floor of the third building of Common Government Office Buildings
Subject:
Streamlining of requests from the maritime industry and information on the current situation in the oil industry; future approaches to related issues, etc.

Release date

March 15, 2017

Division in Charge

Petroleum Refining and Reserve Division, Natural Resources and Fuel Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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