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Shanghai to tighten emission standard to curb pollution


10:04, March 05, 2012

BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai is planning to implement a harsher vehicle emission regulation starting next year in an effort to curb the city's air pollution, a senior environmental official said Sunday.

The move is part of a collection of air control measures rolled out by the Shanghai Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau to improve air quality and cut PM2.5 -- fine particulate matter 2.5 microns or less in diameter, said Zhang Quan, director of the bureau.

Zhang, a deputy of the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's top legislature, said the new standard is equivalent to the Euro 5 emission standard applied to passenger and light vehicles in EU member countries.

He said other regulations include speeding up the elimination of old vehicles and strengthening overhaul and maintenance on vehicles in use.

Shanghai's decision for a new emission standard came shortly after Beijing ushered in a similar regulation last month.

Beijing's economic planning agency announced on Feb. 24 that the city will lead other provinces in the country to introduce the tighter National 5 vehicle emission standard, also equivalent to Euro 5, this year.

China's Cabinet, the State Council, on Wednesday passed revised air quality standards, which include an index for the concentration of PM2.5, which are considered more hazardous to health than larger particles.

Zhang said Shanghai's PM2.5 particles are mainly from vehicle emissions and discharges from power plants and industrial boilers.

Zhang is in Beijing to participate in the annual session of the NPC.


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Why is China repeating the mistakes of older industrialized societies? China has a perfect opportunity as a young industrial power to change the way its does things. Does it make sense for everyone in China to drive a car? Do the factories need to be heavily polluting the rivers? It is time that China took a leadership role instead of just following in the footsteps of others and be innovative and change the way people relate to their environment.

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