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
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
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
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
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.17 Oct 2012 - 3:14am
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
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
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
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
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
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.31 Dec 2007 - 12:00am
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 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
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
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