Last year, the European Commission proposed a revision for the Recreational Craft Directive, in which it will demand a reduction in harmful emissions to protect European waters. The change will unanimously support one of the flagship policies of the Europe 2020 strategy which is to meet climate and energy targets. This means that Europe wants a cleaner air to breathe and cleaner lakes and seas when the year comes.
Everyone knows that nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbons, and other particulate matters harm the Earth. Before the proposal, the Recreational Craft Directive based the allowable levels of said gases on their effects on human health. The proposal aims to protect the environment from these emissions, specifically European waters. Therefore, the allowable amount of emissions for each pollutant will be significantly reduced.
Future marine craft designs covered by the directive should emit 20 percent less hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide and 34 percent less of particulate matters. For carbon dioxide, the limits are slightly relaxed to maintain balance in industry compliance. Boat manufacturers and importers have to comply with these proposed changes to enable them to bring in their crafts in the EU market.
The proposal will also follow standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as seen in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR). Compression-ignition engines must comply with 40 CFR Part 1042, while spark-ignition engines have to comply with 40 CFR Part 1045. These are in compliance with the Recreational Craft Directive.
Apart from the proposal, some parts of the Recreational Craft Directive remain the same such as the noise limit of 67 decibels. To fully comply with the changes, the proposal will allow engine makers to adjust their production lines within the transitional period of three years. For small and medium engine makers that place spark-ignition engines below 15 kilowatts, an additional three years will be granted. Again, this is for the industry to remain at par with the proposed changes.
The proposal is still under review by the European Commission, but you can read the copy of the proposal at the website of the European Union at Europa.eu. You can also visit the website of the European Commission at EC.Europa.eu for more information about the Recreational Craft Directive.
Proposal to Cut Emissions from Marine Craft