Beijing phases out old vehicles to curb pollution

Beijing: Out of concern for its air quality, the Chinese capital has stepped up efforts to phase out old, polluting motor vehicles, the city’s environmental watchdog said.

A total of 515,000 obsolete vehicles have been taken off the roads over the past two years, exceeding the goal of removing 400,000 such vehicles that was set in a five-year development plan (2011-2015), Xinhua reported.

Motor vehicles contribute to about 22 percent of the city’s PM2.5 data on airborne fine particles 2.5 microns or less in diameter, said Fang Li, a spokesman with the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau.

Motor vehicles that have been in use for more than eight years account for about 20 percent of the city’s car population, but they create more than 60 percent of the air pollution.

According to a municipal plan on air pollution control, Beijing hopes to implement a stricter emissions standard by 2016.


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