Beijing to adopt European-level car emission regulations

March 15, 2012

In a bid to counter growing air pollution concerns, Beijing is reported to be looking at adopting vehicle emission standards as strict as those in Europe, according to Xinhua.

The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau has released a draft of new standard which specifies strict limits for a variety of vehicle emissions, including carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, nitric oxide and particulate matter.

 "The limits specified in the so-called 'Beijing V emission standard' are similar to those used in the current Euro V emission standard," said Li Kunsheng, director of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau's vehicle management department.

If adopted, the "Beijing V emission standard" could help reduce the emission of nitric oxide by 25 percent, which is considered as a main cause of tiny pollution particles in the air of 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter, known as PM2.5.