Cap­i­tal tight­ens emis­sion stan­dards for au­to­mo­biles

Sub­si­dies of up to 12,000 yuan will be given to driv­ers who re­place their high-pol­lut­ing ve­hi­cles

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By DUJUAN dujuan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Bei­jing an­nounced stricter emis­sion stan­dards for cars on Mon­day to im­prove air qual­ity in the cap­i­tal.

Start­ing on Dec 15, gaso­line cars with Na­tional I and II emis­sion stan­dards will be banned from the road in Bei­jing when the city has an orange or red air-qual­ity alert.

Fur­ther­more, those cars will be banned from the road from Mon­day to Fri­day start­ing on Feb 15 next year.

“The num­ber of cars with Na­tional I and II emis­sion stan­dards make up 8per­cent of the cars reg­is­tered in Bei­jing. How­ever, the emis­sions from those cars ac­count for more than 30 per­cent of all emis­sions from cars in the city be­cause of their low stan­dards,” said Fang Li, spokesman for the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal En­vi­ron­men­tal Protection Bureau.

There are 5.7 mil­lion cars in Bei­jing, which pro­duce about 500,000 met­ric tons of pol­lut­ing emis­sions an­nu­ally, ac­cord­ing to the bureau.

Car emis­sions are one of the ma­jor sources of air pol­lu­tion in Bei­jing, and the num­ber of cars in the city is still grow­ing, Fang said.

“Mak­ing cars on the road cleaner is an im­por­tant way to cut pol­lu­tion,” he said. “In fact, this method is widely used in ma­jor Euro­pean cities and proven to be ef­fec­tive.”

Ac­cord­ing to Fang, only cars with emis­sion stan­dards higher than Euro­pean IV are al­lowed on the road in Lon­don. Euro­pean IV emis­sion stan­dards are ap­prox­i­mately equal to China’s Na­tional IV stan­dard, which is much higher than Na­tional II.

“In cer­tain big cities in Italy and Ger­many, au­thor­i­ties setup ‘low-emis­sion ar­eas’, where only cleaner cars can drive,” he said.

To en­cour­age car own­ers to re­place their high-emis­sion cars, the gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing own­ers with sub­si­dies of be­tween 5,000 yuan ($725) and12,000 yuan. The sub­si­dies will be given from Dec 1 to the end of next year.

Wang Ying, deputy head of Bei­jing’s Fi­nance Bureau, said the fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion comes with the new reg­u­la­tions that en­cour­age peo­ple to up­grade their ve­hi­cles and con­trib­ute to im­prov­ing air qual­ity.

“There will be no sub­si­dies af­ter 2017,” he said.

The banks are re­quired by au­thor­i­ties to give loans on fa­vor­able terms to peo­ple who re­place their high-emis­sion cars.

GUO QIAN / FOR CHINA DAILY

En­vi­ron­men­tal in­spec­tors check the ex­haust of a truck at a lo­gis­tics park in Bei­jing’s Tongzhou dis­trict this month.

Fang Li

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