The Danish Minister for the Environment, Troels Lund Poulsen, has launched an action plan for Cleaner Shipping, writes national daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende. The plan, which is a result of a partnership between the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and the Danish Shipowners' Association, was launched at a press conference held last week in Copenhagen at the research and development test centre of MAN Diesel, the world's leading provider of large-bore engines for marine and power plant applications.
"Environmental technology is crucial in the efforts to make Denmark a green winner nation. I am thus delighted that together with the Danish Shipowners' Association we can support the development of environmental technology to reduce the air pollution from ships," Troels Lund Poulsen said when he presented the plan.
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency provides DKK 3.7m (USD 680,000) in funding for a number of business projects including development of a fuel injection valve for ship engines by MAN Diesel.
Thomas S. Knudsen director of MAN Diesel in Denmark told Berlingske: "With the valve you can reduce the world's total annual pollution of nitrogen oxides, NOx, by what corresponds to the whole of Denmark's annual emissions of NOx."
As part of the Cleaner Shipping plan, MAN Diesel is also collaborating with Aalborg Industries on a project to install and test a scrubber that will clean the engine exhaust gas of particles and sulphur compounds, the company writes in a press release.