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New article: On-road Vehicle Emissions and Their Control in China: A review and outlook

Article:  Wu, Y; Zhang, SJ; Hao, JM; Liu, H; Wu, XM; Hu, JN; Walsh, MP; Wallington, TJ; Zhang, KM; Stevanovic, S; “On-road Vehicle Emissions and Their Control in China:  A review and outlook”, Science of the Total Environment, 574: 332-349


Abstract:  The large (26-fold over the past 25 years) increase in the on-road vehide fleet in China has raised sustainability concerns regarding air pollution prevention, energy conservation, and climate change mitigation. China has established integrated emission control policies and measures since the 1990s, including implementation of emission standards for new vehicles, inspection and maintenance programs for in-use vehicles, improvement in fuel quality, promotion of sustainable transportation and alternative fuel vehicles, and traffic management programs. As a result, emissions of major air pollutants from on-road vehicles in China have peaked and are now declining despite increasing vehicle population. As might be expected, progress in addressing vehicle emissions has not always been smooth and challenges such as the lack of low sulfur fuels, frauds over production conformity and in-use inspection tests, and unreliable retrofit programs have been encountered. Considering the high emission density from vehicles in East China, enhanced vehicle, fuel and transportation strategies will be required to address vehicle emissions in China.

We project the total vehicle population in China to reach 400-500 million by 2030. Serious air pollution problems in many cities of China, in particular high ambient PM2.5 concentration, have led to pressure to accelerate the progress on vehicle emission reduction. A notable example is the draft China 6 emission standard released in May 2016, which contains more stringent emission limits than those in the Euro 6 regulations, and adds a real world emission testing protocol and a 48-h evaporation testing procedure including diurnal and hot soak emissions.

A scenario (min considered in this study suggests that increasingly stringent standards for vehicle emissions could mitigate total vehicle emissions of HC, CO, NOx and PM2.5 in 2030 by approximately 39%, 57%, 59% and 79%, respectively, compared with 2013 levels. With additional actions to control the future light-duty passenger vehicle population growth and use, and introduce alternative fuels and new energy vehicles, the China total vehicle emissions of HC, CO, NOx and PM2.5 in 2030 could be reduced by approximately 57%, 71%, 67% and 84%, respectively, (the PC[2] scenario) relative to 2013. This paper provides detailed policy roadmaps and technical options related to these future emission reductions for governmental stakeholders. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Funding Acknowledgement:  National Natural Science Foundation of China [91544222]; Chinese Academy of Engineering

Funding Text:  This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (91544222) and Chinese Academy of Engineering. We authors sincerely thank Miss Hui He of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) for providing fundamental data and figures presented in the supplementary information. The authors are also grateful to Dr. Wei Shen and Dr. Weijian Han of the Ford Motor Company for their helpful comments and discussions. The contents of this paper are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the sponsors or the Ford Motor Company.

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