Beijing to adopt world's strictest vehicle emission norms

China's capital Beijing is slated to implement new vehicle emissions standard from December 2017.

According to the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, the new standards will be the strictest anywhere in the world, the People's Daily reported today.

In 2007, Beijing took the lead in using unleaded gasoline, while in 2004, the city worked out and implemented the Beijing II gasoline standard.

Later, in 2005, 2008 and 2012, Beijing issued and implemented Beijing III, Beijing IV and Beijing V gasoline standards.

Fuel standards in Beijing were always one or two stages ahead of other Chinese cities, the bureau said.

The newest standard, Beijing VI, will reduce vehicle hydrocarbon emissions by 5 per cent.

Beijing is expected to implement the new standard on 1 December 2017. The new standard will lower emissions by 40 to 50 per cent.

It is predicted that by 2022, overall vehicle emissions pollution in Beijing will be reduced by 20 to 30 per cent.