Minister Chen Jining goes on an inspection tour to Beijing Municipal Vehicle Emission Control Center on Feb. 17. (Photo by Wang Yajing, CENEWS)
Chinese report by Wang Kunting, CENEWS
BEIJING-Minister Chen Jining went on an inspection tour to Beijing Municipal Vehicle Emission Control Center (BMVECC) on Feb. 17, where he stressed the importance to enhance the capacity building for vehicle surveillance, accelerate the development of a national platform for management of mega-data on vehicle emissions, increase the technical elements in vehicle regulation, work out innovative regulatory approaches and instruments, seriously investigate and punish nonattainment heavy-duty diesel-fueled vehicles and other vehicles and continuously improve ambient air quality.
With the overall goals of controlling pollution increase and reducing stock pollution, Beijing is working on establishing a two-tiered (municipal, district) framework for environmental regulation of vehicles in a bid to step up the compliance regulation of new vehicles, in-service vehicles, non-road mobile machineries, and gasoline/diesel, gases and fuel products, and control the pollution from mobile sources in an all-round way. At the BMVECC, Chen Jining visited the exhibition hall on control of pollution from mobile sources, the vehicle emission testing laboratory and the in-service vehicle management and monitoring platform to understand the completely built vehicle emission control technologies, the testing of exhausts from new vehicles and the monitoring of new vehicles on road by remote sensing technology, and the live environmental inspection of the vehicle annual inspection field.
At the symposium afterwards, Chen Jining listened to the briefing of BMVECC. Chen Jining noted that with fast growing vehicle population in China, the national emission of four vehicle pollutants (CO, hydrocarbon, NOx and PM) has remained at a high level for the past few years. In Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area, mobile sources especially heavy-duty diesel-fueled trucks, gasoline-fueled commercial vehicles, old vehicles, and engineering machineries have become the major contributor to local air pollution. Therefore, it is imperative to put the vehicle emission control on a more important and strategic position in the environmental protection landscape, make greater efforts in vehicle emission control, make use of the S&T instruments, strengthen regional cooperation, improve regulation level and strive to reduce vehicle pollution.
Chen Jining emphasized that we should quicken the pace to develop a national platform for vehicle emission regulation and a technical support framework, advance the sharing of information on new vehicles and the nationwide network of vehicle emission testing information, deploy regional vehicle emission testing laboratories, and offer technical support for the vehicle regulation. We should make explorations and summarize our practice, go all out to make breakthroughs in regulatory technologies, approaches and methodologies, update the emission standards fast, and explore the possibility of introducing a management pattern that is suited to the current development status of China’s vehicle industry. Also, we should make full use of technical instruments such as the on-road monitoring of vehicles by remote sensing technology, gradually set up an all-hour, full-dimensional monitoring network targeting vehicles with high emissions, and emphasize screening out the diesel-fueled vehicles, gasoline-fueled commercial vehicles, and obsolete and old vehicles with emission far beyond the emission standards. Moreover, we should tighten the compliance regulation over the in-service diesel-fueled passenger and cargo vehicles, gasoline-fueled commercial vehicles, obsolete and old vehicles, engineering machinery, and work with the police departments to severely punish the vehicles that emit exhausts beyond the limit set out by the emission standards, and punish by law such willful violations as deliberately tampering with the OBD, deactivating the torque limitation of diesel-fueled vehicles and not using adblue, and make public the investigation results.
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