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

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
Chinaʻs New Energy Vehicle mandate policy (final rule)

Provides an overview of how the NEV mandate will work, summarizes major differences between the interim proposal and the final rule, and evaluates potential impacts.

2018.01.11 | Policy update
China's first national portable emissions testing standard for heavy-duty vehicles

In September, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection issued the first national standard for portable emission measurement system (PEMS) testing of heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs). This regulation is a supplement to all existing requirements under the China V standard, and it requires additional on-road PEMS testing for new and in-use China V HDVs.

2017.11.15 | 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.

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