China Prioritizes Use of Natural Gas by Vehicles, Ships

From Reuters

Oct 31 (Reuters) – China unveiled on Wednesday a natural gas policy designed to spur the transport sector’s use of the cleaner-burning fuel, and particularly of liquefied natural gas (LNG), as the world’s second-largest user of fuel reins in consumption of dirtier oil.

Besides homes, utilities and factories, the government for the first time targeted the transport sector, covering buses, taxis, trucks, and vessels as preferred users of natural gas, according to a document published on the website of the National Development & Reform Commission (www.ndrc.gov.cn).

“It’s certainly a good policy that will see gas replacing quite a lot of diesel, which is the main fuel used in China’s transport sector and is much more polluting,” said analyst Yan Kefeng of Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).

The world’s top energy user is poised to triple natural gas use to meet about 10 percent of total energy demand by the end of this decade, to cut emissions from coal use, and dependence on oil imports.

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