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

China’s Stage VI emissions standard for heavy-duty vehicles (final rule)

Summary of the China VI heavy-duty vehicle standards and a comparison with emission regulations in the other major markets.

2018.07.20 | Policy update
Laboratory and on-road testing of exhaust emissions of two modern China 5 light-duty gasoline vehicles

Testing shows CO and NOx emissions from China 5 gasoline cars are not properly controlled under real-world driving conditions.

2018.07.13 | White paper
Evaluation of real-world fuel consumption of light-duty vehicles in China

This research explores policy approaches that can improve real-world fuel consumption performance, especially for compliance with the 2015-2020 standards and the development of the 2025-2030 standards.

2018.06.21 | White paper
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Staff blog

China VI: A milestone for the world’s transition to soot-free vehicles

On June 28, China officially released the China VI emission standard for new heavy-duty vehicles. If effectively implemented, it will transition all new heavy-duty vehicles in China to soot-free emission levels.

Staff