Sulfur regulations may create Danish jobs
New rules on sulfur emissions from the UN International Maritime Organization, IMO, can lead to many new jobs at Danish maritime industries. The rules will go into force in 2020. One of the companies that can benefit from the new rules are PureteQ which makes smoke cleaning plants.
"We're going to increase the activity, although we might not go and hire twenty men tomorrow. We are quite satisfied here at PureteQ," says Anders Skibdal, CEO of PureteQ headquartered in Svendborg, to TV 2 Business.
From 2020, ships must reduce emissions of sulfur in their smoke by 80 percent. One way to do this is by cleaning the smoke using so-called scrubbers. Alternatively, ships can use fuel with less sulfur content, it's just much more expensive than the traditional one. The rules for sulfur emissions will include all ships from 2020.
It is not only the companies that produce the cleaning systems that will be able to earn money and create new jobs because of the rules. It affects large parts of the maritime industry, according to the trade association Danish Maritime.
"If Denmark gets a share in the world market it will create thousands of jobs, and it will mean exports worth billions," says Michael Prehn, who is deputy director in Danish Maritime, to TV 2 Business.
Source: TV2 Business / Maritime Denmark