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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

  • Prevalence of heavy fuel oil and black carbon in Arctic shipping, 2015 to 2025



    Estimates heavy fuel oil (HFO) use, HFO carriage, the use and carriage of other fuels, BC emissions, and emissions of other air and climate pollutants in the Arctic for the year 2015, with projections to 2020 and 2025.

  • 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.