Emission Standards

Polluters given deadline to clean up emissions

Cement plants are among the polluting industries that will have to meet Beijing's emission limits to gain environmental approval. Photo: AP

From March 1, new coal-fired power plants and steel mills will have to meet "special limits" on emissions to gain approval from the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the ministry's China Environment News said in an online report. It did not give details.

Thursday, 21 February, 2013, 6:07am

Beijing pushes refiners on cleaner fuel

Oil refiners, led by Sinopec, have blamed state control on fuel prices, and a lack of state subsidies to upgrade facilities fast enough to meet demand. Photo: Reuters

In a statement released after a meeting of the State Council, chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao, Beijing said authorities responsible for setting fuel quality should announce as soon as possible the National IV diesel emission standards. It would be launched nationwide by the end of next year.

7 Feb 2013 - 5:16am

Drivers cannot afford cleaner trucks

Truck drivers could do with a subsidy. Photo: SCMP

Despite massive reductions in the emission of major air pollutants by power plants, roadside pollution has worsened as vehicles and ships crank out more nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide than they ever have before.

One of the main culprits is the huge numbers of old, diesel-powered trucks that are still being used in our city.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:03am 2 comments

Good start to tackling pollution

Both Wong and Loh want to pick up what was left undone or idle by the former administration to improve Hong Kong's environment.

Two green-minded people have stepped into important positions in the new administration, tasked with taking charge of environmental matters. Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing and undersecretary Christine Loh Kung-wai have both worked on green issues, in the private sector and in non-governmental organisations respectively, before joining the government.

20 Oct 2012 - 1:29am 7 comments

Don't lose sight of clean air

Environmental protection is as urgent as any other policy area. Photo: AFP

When Leung Chun-ying said he would roll out policies once they were ready, instead of waiting until his maiden policy speech in January, there were doubts as to how many initiatives he could come up with in the meantime. Three months have passed. Even the most vocal critics may agree that the chief executive has so far remained true to his promise.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Officials urged to heed WHO diesel warning

The government should cut the number of diesel-powered vehicles on the streets, and make the remainder less polluting, to protect pedestrians now the World Health Organisation has classified diesel fumes as a cause of cancer, lobby groups say.

WHO experts said that the more diesel exhaust fumes people breathed in, the more they risked getting lung and bladder cancer.

14 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Stop sitting on solutions for cleaner roadside air

Roadside air quality has worsened in the first quarter of this year. Data from the Environmental Protection Department showed that the air pollution index reached very high levels 34 per cent of the time, compared with 11.9 per cent of the time during the first quarter of 2010 - a threefold increase.

13 May 2011 - 12:00am

New emissions level a symbolic move: analysts

Tougher standard on cars may not clean air much for Games

A tougher emissions standard for new cars begins today in Beijing, the first city on the mainland to adopt the Euro IV requirement.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Capital sets tougher emissions standards

New cars in the city must comply with Euro IV

Beijing will introduce new emissions standards for new cars next month amid mounting concerns over its ability to improve the city's choking air quality ahead of the Olympics.

18 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Remote device may detect polluting cars

The government plans to launch a public consultation this month on detecting vehicle pollution using a remote sensing device, the environment chief has said.

The device, which emits an infrared beam to measure pollutant levels, is a mobile unit and can be deployed like a speed-detection camera. Vehicles found exceeding emission standards may have to be inspected.

1 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Costs thwart efforts on car emission standards

The mainland has been criticised for not moving fast enough to meet Euro IV vehicle emission standards, which take effect tomorrow. But industry experts say the reason is not foot-dragging or technical problems but rather the high cost and short supply of necessary parts that have held back carmakers.

7 May 2015 - 1:03pm

Few takers for clean bus and truck subsidies

A HK$3.2 billion incentive scheme to encourage owners of old, smoke-belching trucks, buses and minibuses to replace them with clean-burning models has attracted applications from owners of just 2.4 per cent of the eligible vehicles. Just 20 heavy trucks have been replaced.

4 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing pins hopes for lower emissions on diesel engines

Beijing plans to encourage the use of diesel engines to help vehicles meet Euro IV emission standards by early next year, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

'Diesel engines should be widely used in passenger vehicles as quickly as possible,' NDRC vice-minister Zhang Guobao said at a vehicle industry conference.

10 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Eco-buses stymied by lack of key fluid

New eco-friendly buses may not be able to help clear the air as expected because a key emission-reducing fluid used by Euro IV engines is available at only a few petrol stations.

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

New measures launched to clean up roadside air

The Environmental Protection Department will today launch three measures to improve roadside air.

A one-off grant will encourage motorists to replace their pre-Euro and Euro I diesel commercial vehicles with new ones. Pre-Euro vehicles fail to meet the most basic European Union emission standards.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am