The Shipping Sector and Ports as Central Actors in the Decarbonization Effort: A Case Study of China

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China, GHG Emission, International Maritime Organization, Green Ports, Green Policy


This article carves out China’s maritime state-of-play with regards to GHG mitigating measures with a special focus on CO2 emission. The article commences with an overview of IMO’s GHG strategy taking into account the critical targets, proposed plans, schemes and measures aimed at the shipping sector. Discussions then segue into a twofold discussion pertaining to China’s current policy and port governance actions highlighting some of the existing gaps and challenges. Reference is made to remarkable developments from countries considering three vital key elements for an effective green port policy framework before drawing concluding remarks.