Report unveils plan to tighten grip on emissions and reduce pollution
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.