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Xiaoli Mao

Xiaoli Mao

Program Associate
Works out of: Washington, DC
Started w/ ICCT in: 2015

Xiaoli Mao is a program associate on the Marine team. She supports maritime research on international vessel efficiency and pollutant emissions. Ms. Mao graduated from the University of Maryland with a Master's degree in Public Policy and also holds a dual bachelor's degree in Environmental Science & Engineering and Economics from Xiamen University.

Recent Work

  • Marine engine emission standards for China's domestic vessels

    Policy update


    On August 30, 2016, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) jointly released the first-ever national emission standards for marine engines used in domestic shipping in China. Phase I standards will take effect on July 1, 2018, and stricter Phase II standards will take effect on July 1, 2021.

  • Heavy fuel oil use in Arctic shipping in 2015

    Working paper


    MEPC’s 70th session will consider two topics that may greatly reduce the amount of HFO used in the Arctic: a global marine fuel sulfur cap of 0.5% (currently it is 3.5%), and whether or not HFO use in the Arctic should be formally placed on the MEPC agenda. This paper provides key information needed to evaluate the potential risks HFO has to the Arctic environment.

  • Action plan for establishing ship emission control zones in China

    Policy update


    Summarizes the specific actions to be implemented in the three key ECZs and compares them to standard emission control areas (ECAs) designated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).