China Initiates ECAs and Promotion of LNG for Marine Fuel

| China, Beijing
Hae over Bohai and Yellow Seas China 2009

Pollution haze over Bohai and Yellow Seas (NASA, 2009)

China’s Ministry of Transportation has issued #31 “Ship and Port pollution prevention special action plan (2015-2020)”, which includes amongst its provisions promoting the establishment of ship air pollutant emission control areas (ECAs), and calls for active promotion of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fuel applications.

The implementation of the proposed scheme will bring significant improvement to policies, rules and regulations for the prevention of ship and port pollution. Concurrent with the promotion of LNG as a clean fuel, air and water pollutants will be controlled through effective prevention measures and scientific management, aiming to reduce emission intensity. Including changes to ship design, the cumulative outcome is expected to be a positive change in ecological management of China’s ports and waterways.

To strengthen the monitoring and supervision of of pullutant emissions,  a “national highway and waterway transportation Environmental Monitoring Network Master Plan” will be implemented.

Specific targets are identified. By end of 2016, LNG wharf design specifications for LNG bunkering will be drawn up. By the end of 2017, a revision of the country’s oil and gas emission-related standards will be completed.

By 2020, ships using the bustling Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta and Bohai Economic Rrim (which services Beijing, Tianjin and other major cities) will be emitting 65% less sulfur oxides, 20% less nitrogen oxides and 30% less particulate matter compared with 2015. Modification of existing ships must be completed by the end of 2020, when China proposes these areas become recognised emission control areas.

(Source: Ministry of Transportation, China)


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