Gas boom may be mixed blessing for climate change

The promise of methane hydrate as a fuel has added to the already frenetic pace of gas development in the US and elsewhere. Photo: AP

As fracking has boomed in recent years, energy experts have woken up to another unconventional source of natural gas. It is methane hydrate, and its potential reserves are huge.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 2:08am 3 comments

Cruise ships must use cleaner fuel at Kai Tak

Celebrity Millennium cruise ship docks at Kai Tak cruise terminal. Photo: David Wong

Because of the filthy, high-sulphur bunker fuel cruise ships are known to be burning, at locations virtually at the heart of the city and close to Hong Kong's population centres and commercial districts, environmental groups have been vocal in recent months about cruise ship emissions and the adverse impact on public health.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:00am 1 comment

Refiners pushed to make new fuel grade

PetroChina and Sinopec together account for more than 80 per cent of the mainland's motor fuel output. Photo: AFP

The mainland's state-backed oil refining majors will have a tough time meeting Beijing's deadlines to upgrade refining facilities and improve fuel quality unless the government gives them financial support, analysts say.

8 Feb 2013 - 3:53am

Beijing pushes refiners on cleaner fuel

Oil refiners, led by Sinopec, have blamed state control on fuel prices, and a lack of state subsidies to upgrade facilities fast enough to meet demand. Photo: Reuters

In a statement released after a meeting of the State Council, chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao, Beijing said authorities responsible for setting fuel quality should announce as soon as possible the National IV diesel emission standards. It would be launched nationwide by the end of next year.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:16am

China Digest, January 28, 2013

A woman was hit and killed by a train while crossing railroad tracks near the Lishui Bridge subway station in Beijing on Saturday, The Beijing News reports.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:59am

China puts tighter cap on energy use growth

Beijing is renewing efforts to control energy use to cut its dependence on fuel imports. Photo: Reuters

Beijing aims to slow growth in energy use in a drive to contain its rising dependence on imported fuel.

The central government seeks to cap average annual growth in overall energy consumption at 4.2 per cent between 2011 and 2015, down from 6.6 per cent between 2006 and 2010, according to the 12th five-year energy development plan released yesterday by the State Council.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:56am

Christine Loh offers time frame for cleaner fuel law for ocean vessels

Christine Loh said people's health was a priority. Photo: David Wong

It will take several years for the government to introduce onshore electricity power facilities at the Kai Tak cruise terminal but a law requiring ocean-going vessels berthing at the city to use cleaner fuel can be in place next year at the earliest.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:59am 1 comment

Shipping lines cut clean fuel deal with government

Arthur Bowring, managing director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association. Photo: Dickson Lee

Shipping lines will continue to voluntarily use low sulphur diesel in Hong Kong, but only if the government sets a timetable for tough regulatory controls mandating the use of the cleaner fuel, experts said as the Fair Winds Charter, a voluntary two-year programme, ended yesterday.

1 Jan 2013 - 4:47am