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Hong Kong extends clean fuel initiative

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The Environmental Protection Department (EPD) is now accepting applications for registration under the Extended Port Facilities and Light Dues Incentive Scheme for ocean-going vessels (OGVs) switching the cleaner fuel while berthing in Hong Kong.

According to an EPD spokesperson: “To improve air quality, the government launched a three-year incentive scheme on September 26, 2012, to encourage OGVs to switch to low-sulfur marine fuel […] while at berth by reducing by half their port facilities and light dues.

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“The switch to cleaner fuel (i.e. low-sufhur marine fuel, LNG or other approved fuel) for OGVs at berth will become mandatory on July 1 this year, following the Legislative Council's approval of the Air Pollution Control (Ocean Going Vessels) (Fuel at Berth) Regulation this April.

"Hong Kong is the first Asian city to require OGVs to switch to cleaner fuel when at berth. To maintain Hong Kong's port competitiveness, the incentive scheme has been extended for 30 months to March 31, 2018."

From the beginning of July, the scope of the incentive scheme will be extended to cover OGVs using LNG or approved fuel or technology that can achieve sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission reduction as effectively as the use of low-sulfur fuel while at berth.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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