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The reductions in passenger vehicle emissions that have been achieved since the mid-twentieth century are a great environmental success story. Government regulation of tailpipe emissions and private investments in breakthrough technologies such as the three-way catalytic converter have reduced emissions of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons by 75 to 90 percent at a relatively small cost to consumers. Since California first established emission standards for passenger vehicles in the 1960s, different regulatory approaches have been adopted by the United States, Japan, and Europe, and each has been emulated to some degree in other parts of the world. Significant work remains to replicate these successes throughout the rest of the global fleet.

The massive impact of passenger vehicles on climate also remains to be addressed. The transportation sector is responsible for about one-quarter of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Passenger vehicles account for just under half of this total, and will remain the predominant source of these emissions for the foreseeable future.

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Policy update: Bharat Stage IV emission standards for two-wheelers in India
Overview of the standards that take effect for type approval of new motorcycles in April 2016, and for all motorcycles in April 2017. The standards tighten HC+NOX limits by 23%–60%, and adopt the Worldwide Harmonized Motorcycle...
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广东省实施国5/V和国6/VI汽车排放标准的成本收益分析
本报告已提交环境保护部机动车排污监控中心和广东省环境保护厅。报告分析了广东省实施国5/V汽车排放标准的成本效益可行性,以及实施世界级别的国6/VI汽车排放标准的长期需求。
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China Phase 3 new passenger car fuel consumption: Proposed implementation rule
Summarizes the main elements of the proposed implementation rule for the China Phase 3 new passenger car fuel consumption standard (GB 27999-2011), and provides an unofficial translation.
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