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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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

中国城市新能源乘用车激励政策评估

Focuses on the new energy passenger vehicle market in China's cities, evaluates the implementation and effectiveness of local incentive policies, and analyzes the potential of future sustainability.

2018.04.12 | White paper
Early adoption of China VI vehicle fuel standards in Jing-Jin-Ji and surrounding areas

Following a similar move by Beijing, 27 cities in China implemented stringent new vehicle fuel standards in October 2017 as a step toward reducing air pollution in heavily populated areas. These cities put the China VI fuel requirements into effect about 15 months before the national deadline and applied the new fuel standard to non-road equipment ahead of the national schedule.

2018.04.10 | Policy update
Real-world emissions in China: A meta-study of PEMS data

Collects and analyzes real-world emissions data from multiple sources in China. The data include emissions of NOx, CO, and total hydrocarbons. from 55 LDVs and 67 HDVs tested using PEMS. The vehicle sample covers a wide range of emissions standards, from China 0 to China 5/V, and vehicle types. 

2018.02.12 | White paper
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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.

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