Re­port un­veils plan to tighten grip on emis­sions and re­duce pol­lu­tion

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Top News - By ZOU SHUO zoushuo@chi­ WU SHIKANG / FOR CHINA DAILY

China in­tends to im­ple­ment its strictest ve­hi­cle emis­sions reg­u­la­tion yet to fur­ther re­duce air pol­lu­tion, the Min­istry of Ecol­ogy and En­vi­ron­ment said in a re­port re­leased on Fri­day.

The min­istry will ex­pand su­per­vi­sion over the qual­ity of diesel prod­ucts and diesel en­gines and in­crease the use of rail trans­porta­tion in freight ser­vices to cut back air pol­lu­tion, the re­port said.

Emis­sions from diesel trucks, which make up only 7.8 per­cent of au­to­mo­tive ve­hi­cles in China, ac­count for 57.3 per­cent of ni­tro­gen ox­ide and 77.8 per­cent of par­tic­u­late mat­ter in the coun­try’s air, two ma­jor pol­luters, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Au­to­mo­tive ve­hi­cles have emerged as a ma­jor source of China’s air pol­lu­tion, it said.

As of 2017, China had been the largest ve­hi­cle pro­ducer and buyer in the world for the nine con­sec­u­tive years, with 310 mil­lion au­to­mo­tive ve­hi­cles on its roads at the end of last year, up 5.1 per­cent from the pre­vi­ous year.

These ve­hi­cles emit­ted about 43.59 mil­lion met­ric

Fire­fight­ers bat­tle a blaze in the Greater Hing­gan Moun­tain area of the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion on Satur­day. Two fires broke out there on Fri­day and close to 1,000 fire­fight­ers worked to con­tain them.

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