Bei­jing uses elec­tric san­i­ta­tion ve­hi­cles to curb pol­lu­tion

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - DOWN TO EARTH

CH I N A' S CA P I TA L Bei­jing has launched elec­tric san­i­ta­tion ve­hi­cles to re­place gas-driven ones, to cut down emis­sions lev­els in the city, which has been bat­tling heavy pol­lu­tion. The first set of ve­hi­cles was in­tro­duced in mid-Au­gust. The ve­hi­cles in­clude 26 mod­els cov­er­ing road san­i­ta­tion func­tions from road sweep­ing and garbage trans­porta­tion to garbage dis­posal. Fol­low­ing the changes, the au­thor­i­ties es­ti­mate that a 16-tonne elec­tric-pow­ered sweep­ing truck will emit 80 tonnes less car­bon diox­ide a year com­pared to the orig­i­nal gas-pow­ered truck. A to­tal of 791 elec­tric san­i­ta­tion ve­hi­cles, rep­re­sent­ing about 45 per cent of all the san­i­ta­tion ve­hi­cles in Bei­jing, will be seen in the city by the end of 2016.

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