China

China

China is one of the world’s crucial venues for clean transportation policy. It is the largest market for new light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by far. Seven of the world’s ten largest container ports are in China, and a significant portion of the world’s freight moves through them. That industrial dynamism has also brought the country well-publicized air-quality issues and vaulted it to first place in carbon emissions by country (though not per capita). China’s policy makers have responded creatively and vigorously. The latest national vehicle emissions regulations are both stringent and innovative. China is moving into a leadership role on international climate policy for transportation, and its national and local policies to promote development of electric vehicles are forward-thinking and aggressive.

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About the program

China is one of the world’s crucial venues for clean transportation policy. It is the largest market for new light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles by far. Seven of the world’s ten largest container ports are in China, and a significant portion of the world’s freight moves through them. That industrial dynamism has also brought the country well-publicized air-quality issues and vaulted it to first place in carbon emissions by country (though not per capita). China’s policy makers have responded creatively and vigorously. The latest national vehicle emissions regulations are both stringent and innovative. China is moving into a leadership role on international climate policy for transportation, and its national and local policies to promote development of electric vehicles are forward-thinking and aggressive.

The ICCT’s China program staff support effective regulation of both local air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. We work to provide China's national and local government officials with sound, reliable technical-scientific data, and information on technologies, trends, and tested policy practice informed by our global engagement with governments and other stakeholders on these issues.

[Interview] Transport-related emissions and compliance and enforcement in China

ICCT's China regional lead and senior researcher Hui He on the state of transportation emissions control in China.

Recent publications

Emerging best practices for electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Assesses charging infrastructure deployment practices, challenges, and emerging best practices in major electric vehicle markets. Statistically analyzes the relationship between public charging and electric vehicle uptake at the metropolitan area level to better discern local infrastructure variation, practices, and circumstances.

2017.10.04 | White paper
Transitioning to zero-emission heavy-duty freight vehicles

Assesses zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle technologies to support decarbonization of the freight sector in the 2025–2030 timeframe. Synthesizes data from the research literature, demonstrations, and low-volume commercial trucks regarding their potential to deliver freight with zero tailpipe emissions. Analyzes the emerging technologies by their cost of ownership and life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions for China, Europe, and the United States.

2017.09.26 | White paper
Remote-sensing regulation for measuring exhaust pollutants from in-use diesel vehicles in China

Summarizes provisions of the first national-level remote sensing regulation adopted by China for diesel vehicles.

2017.09.19 | Policy update
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Staff blog

China IV non-road standards: A golden opportunity to advance stringent limits and mandate filters

To lead the way in effectively controlling emissions from non-road vehicles, it is crucial for China to advance the China IV standards, as more stringent requirements on emissions will always lead to more advanced emission control technology. Thus, China would be wise to adopt the combination of the Tier 4 final emission standards (including covering non-road equipment of all sizes) and DPF requirement directly as the new China IV emission standards to effectively control PM and NOx emissions.

Staff

Office Manager & Assistant to the CPO
Senior Researcher / Regional Lead