China’s has announced a Special action plan regarding the reduction of emissions by 2020 and to turn the major shipping hubs into Emission Control Areas(ECA).
(Pic courtesy: Pollution haze over Bohai and Yellow Seas (NASA, 2009)
On September 8th, 2015, China’s Ministry of Transport has issued ‘The Ship and Port Pollution Prevention Special Action Plan (2015-2020)’.
Details of the Plan:
- Plans to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions from ships in the Bohai Sea, the Pearl River Delta, and the Yangtze River Delta by 65% by 2020.
- Plans to turn the two deltas and the Bohai Rim into Emission Control Areas (ECAs).
- Plans to reduce the emission of nitrogen oxides by 20%, and other particulate matter by 30% compared to the stats from 2015.
- The Government actively promotes Liquefied Natural Gas(LNG) as the marine fuel.
- By 2020, 90% of the vessels working in that area shall use shore power for berthing, which will be provided by half of the container, cruise and ro-ro terminals in that region.
- “National highway and waterway transportation Environmental Monitoring Network Master Plan” will be implemented to monitor the pollutant emission.
- LNG wharf design specifications for LNG bunkering will be drawn up by the end of 2016.
- A revision of the country’s oil and gas emission-related standards will be completed by the end of 2017.
Ministry of Environmental Protection has reported that China’s total emissions of SO2 and NOx accounted to 8.4% and 11.3% respectively.
Source: NGV Global
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