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Transport fuel’s day of reckoning

Gulf refiners wonder how to cope with new green standards for shipping and aviation fuel

A global clampdown on two of the most public scapegoats to the acceleration of climate change—shipping and aviation—is putting Gulf refiners' portfolios to the test. The International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) 0.5% sulphur cap on bunker fuels, set to begin from 1 January 2020, is followed by the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) Carbon Offsetting Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) from 2021. Both are milestones after decades of toing-and-froing between environmentalists and industry. As the Gulf is home to the world's second-largest bunkering hub, the UAE's Port of Fujairah, and is one of the world's fastest-growing aviation hubs, could a shortage of po

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