Posted By Paul Tate, May 29, 2014 at 2:02 AM, in Category: Sustainability
The Chinese government announced plans earlier this week to remove up to six million dirty vehicles from its roads by the end of the year in an urgent bid to reduce the devastating levels of pollution clogging up its cities.
Government figures suggest that 31.1% of air pollution in Beijing comes directly from vehicle exhaust emissions.
Older cars and trucks, mostly pre-2005, that don’t meet the latest emission standards will be ‘phased out’, says the government – although it doesn’t explain exactly how.
Now the world’s largest auto market, new car sales in China rose over 15% last year to 17.9 million vehicles. The country currently has about 240 million vehicles on the road, half of which are passenger cars, and it estimates that around 7.8% of these no longer meet the minimum national pollution standards.
The new plan aims to reduce emissions of sulphur dioxide by 2% a year and emissions of nitrogen oxides by 5% per year. It is hoped that by removing the oldest, most polluting vehicles from the roads, China can finally meet some of its top line sustainability and energy consumption targets, consistently missed over the last few years.
The government also says a new focus will be put on cleaner fuels and electric cars for the future. Last week, German carmaker BMW predicted that China will become the world’s largest market for electric vehicles by 2019.
Written by Paul Tate
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