Columbia Global Energy Dialogue Report: Sulfur Regulations on the High Sea

Lead PI: Antoine Halff

Unit Affiliation: Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP)

April 2016 - Ongoing
Project Type: Research Outreach

DESCRIPTION: On February 8, 2016, the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia SIPA, in partnership with Axelrod Energy Projects and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), hosted a roundtable with Dr. Edmund Hughes, head of air pollution and energy efficiency at the IMO, to discuss the new rules. During the discussion Dr. Hughes said that the IMO may decide by October 2016 – sooner than a previously set deadline of end-2018 — whether to maintain a January 2020 target date for implementation of the new standard, or postpone it by up to five years. Participants discussed the various paths to compliance with the rules and the challenge of enforcement on the high seas.