Blue sky push aims at diesel ve­hi­cles

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tons of pol­lu­tants, down 2.5 per­cent year-on-year, the re­port showed.

Yin Hang, head of the Pol­icy Re­search De­part­ment of the min­istry’s Ve­hi­cle Emis­sion Con­trol Cen­ter, said China has phased out more than 20 mil­lion out­dated diesel ve­hi­cles in the past five years.

The coun­try should fur­ther su­per­vise pro­duc­tion, use and elim­i­na­tion of au­to­mo­tive ve­hi­cles to re­duce air pol­lu­tion, Yin said at a re­cent fo­rum on air pol­lu­tion con­trol.

In 2017, ports in Tian­jin and Shan­dong prov­ince banned the use of diesel trucks to trans­port coal in the Bo­hai Sea area to im­prove air qual­ity.

An anal­y­sis of air pol­lu­tants in 15 ma­jor Chi­nese cities showed that lo­cal mo­bile emit­ters, a cat­e­gory that in­cludes ve­hi­cles, con­trib­uted about 13.5 per­cent to 41 per­cent of fine par­tic­u­late mat­ter, ac­cord­ing to the min­istry.

Bei­jing has made ad­dress­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cle emis­sions a fo­cus of this year’s air pol­lu­tion con­trol work.

High-emis­sions ve­hi­cles will be taken off the roads in the cap­i­tal to help con­trol smog — ex­tend­ing the ban on such ve­hi­cles within Bei­jing’s Sixth Ring Road — said Mayor Chen Jin­ing at the open­ing of the first ses­sion of the 15th Bei­jing Peo­ple’s Congress in Jan­uary.

Liu Bingjiang, head of air qual­ity man­age­ment at the min­istry, said, “Tar­get­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cle ex­haust emis­sions is a pre­cise treat­ment for Bei­jing’s smoggy weather, be­cause stud­ies have found they are the top source of the city’s ma­jor air pol­lu­tants.”

The fac­tors caus­ing Bei­jing’s air pol­lu­tion have changed dra­mat­i­cally, with coal-burn­ing now ac­count­ing for less than 10 per­cent of the city’s en­ergy, and over 80 per­cent of Bei­jing’s in­dus­tries now in the ser­vice sec­tor, Liu said at a news con­fer­ence.

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