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China mandates stringent fuel economy standards

China mandates stringent fuel economy standards
Smog and traffic jam in Beijing

After months of discussion, China has finally imposed fuel economy standards to tackle the issue of pollution caused by the transportation sector.

According to a Reuters report, China placed strict fuel economy standards to reduce fuel consumption by 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers by 2015 and a further 5.0 liters by 2020.

China’s current passenger car fuel consumption stood at 7.8 liters per 100 kilometers in 2009 and 8.2 liters in 2008, said John Zeng, Asia Pacific director of consultancy LMC Automotive.

While the policies could curb China’s emissions, concerns have been raised over how the new policy would impact small domestic automotive companies which could be hard pressed to reach these standards.

“That's going to be tough for everyone, especially those small players as they will have to use more fuel-efficient engines and invest in hybrid technologies,” said Yale Zhang, director of Greater China vehicle forecasts at consultancy CSM Worldwide.

Climate change and air pollution

Along with the issue of climate change, concerns over air pollution have been growing in different parts of the world with many parties calling for immediate action - China being no exception.

China ranks as the world’s top polluter as various forms of pollution continue to increase as the country moves towards industrialization and urbanization.

According to a 2007 report by the World Bank, 16 of the 20 most polluted cities worldwide are in China.

Wu Xiaoqing, vice minister of environmental protection, said the country’s three main economic zones are experiencing over 200 hazy days annually, reported China.Org.

These three regions, including Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area, the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta, are found to have the worst air pollution in China both during winter and summer. – EcoSeed Staff



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