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Beijing to impose stricter vehicle emissions standard

(Beijing News)

14:35, January 30, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Beijing is working on the national standard V for vehicle emissions, and will impose the standard in the second half of the year, according to Beijing Municipal Bureau of Environmental Protection (BMBEP).

The BMBEP is working with several research institutions such as China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) to conduct an experiment on the national standard V for motor vehicles and fuel.

Fang Maodong, a senior engineer at CATARC, said that under the national standard V, vehicles will have to use low-sulfur fuel with sulfur content below 10 ppm, and follow other strict rules. The national standard V is similar to the Euro V standards imposed in developed countries, and will increase the investment and production pressure on petrochemicals companies.

"The domestic petrochemical industry has begun preparing for the standard V," Fang said.

Previously, Beijing had imposed the national standards III and IV ahead of other regions in China. After the national standard V is imposed, all gas stations in the city will only provide fuel meeting the standard V, and all cars sold in the city will also be required to meet the new standard.

Fuel meeting new standard can reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 10 percent

The national standard V will reduce vehicle emissions in Beijing and greatly improve the city's air quality.

Li Kunsheng, director of the BMBEP's air division, said that vehicle emissions are mostly nitrogen oxides, and are responsible for half of nitrogen oxide pollution.

A light vehicle can emit 25 percent less nitrogen oxides under the national standard V than under the standard IV. After the national standard V is imposed, nitrogen oxide emissions from Beijing's gasoline cars will drop 10 percent, said Li.

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