China issues new rules to curb auto emission
Updated: 2006-10-07 10:32
China has reaffirmed its environmental protection efforts by unveiling a new
regulation on automobile emission.
The new rule, which will go into effect in 2007, stipulates pollutants from
cars should be reduced by 30 percent compared to current levels.
The State Environmental Protection Administration of China says the country
will adopt even tougher standards in 2010.
Zhao Yingmin from the administration's science and standards department
explains the two rules are aimed at reducing 1.8 million tonnes of nitrogen
oxides, 16 million tonnes of carbon monoxide and 2.2 million tonnes of compounds
of carbon and hydrogen. It is expected these reduced emissions will help boost
China's car exports.
China is the world's third-largest car manufacturer, with an annual
production of over 5 million vehicles. At present, there are some 33 million
cars in the country.
The country began acting on curbing automobile emissions in 1980s and drew up
relevant policies equivalent to Euro 2 and 3 standards in 1999.