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IMO: More efficient container and general cargo ships are on the horizon, but don’t pick on the small guys

On October 26, 2018, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) tentatively agreed to make some new ships more efficient in what will be an important step towards implementing the organization’s...IMO has tentatively agreed to make some new ships more efficient, but that’s on hold to address equity concerns. What does this mean for emissions and for further efforts to reduce climate pollution...
Published 2018.10.29: Blog Post

5th workshop on marine black carbon emissions

The International Council on Clean Transportation hosted its fifth technical workshop on marine black carbon (BC) emissions at the Energy Foundation offices in San Francisco, California, USA, on...
Published 2018.10.09: Event

To be fast or to be furious?

Three years have passed since ICCT’s popular staff blog "Fast and Furious" discussed China’s bold actions to slash gasoline and diesel sulfur content for on-road vehicles and predicting a likely...If China wants to maximize the benefit of its emission area control zones, it should go beyond its own territorial waters.
Published 2018.10.04: Blog Post

Delineating a Chinese emission control area: The potential impact of ship rerouting on emissions

As China tackles its air quality issues, government regulators have turned their focus to shipping, an industry that burns thousands of tons of highly polluting heavy fuel oil near densely populated...
Published 2018.09.05: Publication

Black carbon emissions and fuel use in global shipping, 2015

In this report, we present an updated global inventory of black carbon emissions from the global shipping sector. To produce this inventory, we developed new black carbon emission factors based on...
Published 2017.12.15: Publication

Prevalence of heavy fuel oil and black carbon in Arctic shipping, 2015 to 2025

Dwindling sea ice is opening new shipping routes through the Arctic, with shipping activity expected to increase with oil and gas development and as ships take advantage of shorter trans-Arctic...
Published 2017.05.01: Publication

Alternatives to heavy fuel oil use in the Arctic: Economic and environmental tradeoffs

The use of heavy fuel oil (HFO)—the leftover residues from the crude oil refining process—as a marine fuel poses serious environmental and economic risks, especially in ecologically sensitive areas...
Published 2017.04.18: Publication

Quibbles over the perfect way to measure black carbon emissions from ships are keeping us from commonsense moves to control them

At a time when Arctic sea ice should be nearing its maximum extent, we’re seeing record-low ice cover for this time of year. It’s so hot at the pole that scientists are toying with ideas to re-freeze...Without regulation, it’s unlikely that the international maritime shipping sector will voluntarily find ways to cut black carbon emissions, despite the climate benefit. Thus, we need to move on from...
Published 2017.03.21: Blog Post

Black carbon measurement methods and emission factors from ships

Black carbon (BC) emissions from ships contribute to human induced climate warming and are linked with human health issues, such as lung cancer, respiratory illness, and cardiopulmonary disease....
Published 2017.03.20: Publication