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China preparing tougher environmental requirements

The Chinese authorities are preparing to introduce environmental zones for shipping several places in the country, starting in the new year. Specific requirements for reduced sulfur and CO2 emissions underway.

Photo: AP Photo/Kin Cheung

China's ministry of transport announced this week that the ministry plans to introduce emission control areas (ECA) in numerous places around the country, namely in the Pearl River Delta, the Yangtze river delta and Bohai Bay, just as the country plans to establish ECA ports. These talks have in the past included the major ports in Hong Kong and Schenzhen, reports Sustainable Shipping.

"By the end of 2018, the effects of the demonstration projects will be reviewed to determine the need for tightening ECA requirements, extending the ECA boundaries and undertaking other additional measures," says the ministry in a statement.

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