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Overview of the Development of Low/Zero-Emission Marine Fuels and Implications for China

China’s potential to lead shipping decarbonization to renewable-based solutions and away from LNG.

Updated 09/9/2022
China's leadership in decarbonizing the shipping industry through renewables

“Overview of the Development of Low/Zero-Emission Marine Fuels and Implications for China” examines available literature on the development of alternative marine fuel solutions, offering policy recommendations that could mobilize the uptake of these new fuel solutions to support China’s climate goals.

Authors: Freda Fung and Chuansheng Peng.

“From a well-to-wake perspective, GHG reduction benefits of natural gas remain uncertain and using LNG as a marine fuel may further dependence on fossil natural gas. Owing to these concerns the international community is starting to shift their focus towards reducing further investment in LNG-powered vessels and bunkering infrastructure.”

China is a prominent maritime nation well-positioned to support the shipping sector’s transition away from LNG and towards real zero-emissions solutions. From the cancellation of LNG-fueled vessel orders in 2021 – and the high costs of LNG-fuel system retrofits – to concerns about the long-term sustainability of natural gas, China and other country leaders are advised to move away from LNG and invest in renewable-based zero-emission marine fuels. 

Read the report to learn more.

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