Green Ports: New Front for China’s War on Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation

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Seven of the world’s 10 largest and busiest container ports are located in China. These booming ports serve as the engines of China’s economic growth, but they also bring serious pollution problems to coastal cities. Long unregulated in China, shipping emissions have since become a new “front” in the war on air pollution and climate change. China’s new air pollution law mandates emissions targets for ships and port vehicles and China’s Ministry of Transport has developed an Action Plan on Shipping and Ports Pollution Control, as well as implementation schemes for key river deltas. Port pollution is also one of the priority environmental issues addressed by U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Over the past year the new U.S.-China Green Ports and Vessels Initiative has held two workshops in China focused on sharing best practices to reduce air pollution and black carbon emissions from ports and vessels to improve public health, air quality and climate.
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