China to scrap 6 million cars which are not under exhaust emission standards to control air pollution by year-end.
China is planning to remove 6 million vehicles which do not have exhaust emission standards to improve quality of air. In capital Beijing, over 3 lakhs vehicles will be scrapped.
Recent study, analyzed by the state’s environmental agency, showed about 31% of air pollution in Beijing is due to vehicle exhaust fumes. In 2015, the government is planning to remove upto 5 million vehicles from other parts of the country.
As per statement mentioned in government’s web portal, “The removal of millions of cars aimed to strengthen control on vehicle emissions will be a major agenda for energy savings, emissions reductions and low-carbon development in China during next two years”.
The state council didn’t offer any information about the implementation of the latest plan. In addition to scrap vehicles, experts are also taking steps for fuels quality upgrades, which can help to mitigate air pollution & smog.
Combating with pollution has appeared as priority for Chinese leaders as they are trying to restore damage caused by decades of manufacturing-driven growth that has destroyed the qualities of air, water & soil.
In 2013, the central government promised USD 275 billion (£ 163 billion) to resolve the issue in next 5 years, setting targets for air pollution control.