Sustainability & regulations

With a mission to reduce emissions

We are in the middle of a green revolution. Through IMO regulations the shipping industry is forced to take action in reducing emissions from ships on a global level. We are proud to deliver world-leading scrubber technology that helps shipping companies worldwide meet these regulations.

With more than 260 scrubber systems in the order book, Clean Marine has contributed in making the shipping industry more environmentally friendly. The scrubber systems are delivered to the world’s shipping fleet, cleaning up the highly health damaging Sulphur and particle emissions from ships. By reducing Sulphur emissions from ships, Clean Marine is contributing to significantly lowering the high infant death numbers and other health issues directly linked to emissions of SOx from the shipping industry globally.

Clean air

77% drop in overall suphur oxide (SOx) emisson from ships – annual reduction of approximately 8.5 million metric tonnes of SOx

Ship operators, owners + refineries have adapted

Guidance issued by IMO and other stakeholders to enhance preparedness ahead of the entry into force of Silphur 2020


Shipping is an essential component of any program for future sustainable economic growth. Through IMO, the Organization’s Member States, civil society and the shipping industry are already working together to ensure a continued and strengthened contribution towards a green economy and growth in a sustainable manner. The promotion of sustainable shipping and sustainable maritime development is one of the major priorities of IMO in the coming years. As a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.


Positive impacts on human health

Prematur deaths, cardiovascular, respiratory and pulmonary diseases will all be reduced

Changes for enforcement authorities

Flag and port State control will be making sure ships are compliant


The main purpose of the IMO2020 regulations is to reduce SO2, SO3 and particulate matter in the air. There are several ways of meeting these regulations; Installing a certified scrubber, switch to low-Sulphur fuel or switch to LNG.

When the regulations were debated in 2006-2010, it was said that particles caused 50.000 premature deaths per annum only in Europe and shipping had become a major contributor compared to land-based activities that had succeeded in reducing particulate emission. The objective of Marpol Annex VI, the SOx and NOx regulations, that came fully into force 1st of January 2020, is to reduce the emission of particles to air. Through MARPOL Annex VI, a global maximum limit for Sulphur content of marine fuels was introduced to the global shipping industry.

The IMO2020 regulation encompasses fuel Sulphur levels but also opens up for meeting these regulations by cleaning the SOx from the exhaust gas of ships and vessels by the use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS). The 1st of January 2020 a global cap of 0,5%S for open water and 0,1%S limit for Emission Control Areas (ECAs) was effected. From the 1st of March 2020, an additional regulation will come into force, which prohibits ships from carrying fuel oil with a sulfur content greater than 0.5 percent unless they have certified scrubbers installed.

IMO2030 and IMO2050

The aim of the next regulations of IMO is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping by reducing CO2 emissions by 40% in 2030 and 70% in 2050, having 2008 as a benchmark. IMO also aim to reduce the total emissions from the shipping industry by 50% in 2050.

The ambition of IMO is to be a regulatory framework in the forefront of transforming the shipping industry into becoming sustainable environmentally.