China needs to act on shipping emissions

Environmental organisation Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in a new report “The Prevention and Control of Shipping and Port Emissions in China” has called on China to introduce an Emissions Control Area (ECA) as part of a solution to alleviate the country’s severe air pollution problems. China is home to seven of the world’s ten busiest container ports, and shipping is a significant source of air pollution and health problems, particularly in port cities. With oceangoing ships allowed to burn fuel with sulphur levels that are 100 to 3,500 times higher than permitted in on-road diesel vehicles, one container ship cruising along the coast of China emits as much diesel pollution as 500,000 new Chinese trucks in a single day, according to the report.


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