I was interviewed on Radio Kent yesterday evening as ferry companies are up in arms at restrictions on pollution that come into force at the end of the month.
The restrictions reduce the amount of Sulphur that can be emitted and the directive dates back to 1999. Despite the 15 year lead in, shipping companies are complaining and threatening to push up prices.
In 2012 P&O made £38m profit while Hapag-Lloyd made almost Euro 400m gross profit in 2013.
Despite these profits the shipping world are still protesting that they want to continue to use the air we breathe as dump for their pollution. They are externalising costs to the environment.
Sulphur emissions cost the EU around E 1 billion in damage to crops and buildings each year. Add to this the impact on health with its known impact on respiratory disease and you have a straightforward choice between profit and people / planet.