Inuit continue call for cleaner shipping fuel despite higher cost
Nunavut consumers will pay more if resupply vessels switch from heavy fuel oil to cleaner alternatives, sealift companies serving the territory’s communities have warned.
That cost has now been spelled out in a recent report by a think tank in the Netherlands, CE Delft, which looked at the cost and benefits of banning heavy fuel oil—also known as HFO—in Arctic waters.
Benefits include a reduction in climate-warming soot emissions, and avoiding the cost and environmental damage of an oil spill.
One case study in this report looks into the additional costs of food shipped to Iqaluit. It determined that there would be a 0.2 per cent increase in household expenditures due to an HFO ban on non-perishable items.