China: Toughening Vehicle Emission Standards

China: Toughening Vehicle Emission Standards

China will require all light vehicles to adhere to tougher new “China VI” emission standards by the middle of 2020, according to a notice published by environment regulators in December 2016.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection said all sales and registrations of light vehicles will have to comply with the new standards — which are based on ones used in Europe and the United States — by July 1, 2020.

Carmakers will have to improve the catalytic converters, fuel injection and the structure of the engine’s combustion chamber to meet the new standards, the ministry said.

All vehicles on China’s roads are obliged to meet the previous China V emission standard by the end of 2017.

Vehicle emissions were responsible for more than 30 percent of Beijing’s concentrations of small, breathable particles known as PM2.5, according to a 2014 study by the city’s environmental protection bureau.

The ministry said the implementation of progressively stronger fuel standards since 2001 had reduced pollutants per vehicle unit by more than 90 percent.  Reuters