Notorious for smog and pollution, China is fixing their emissions situation by getting rid of millions of cars in efforts to improve air quality.

Taking their emission and energy targets seriously, the Chinese government has taken action in smog-heavy regions with a plan to remove up to 6 million cars off of the road by the end of 2014, according to The Guardian.

“According to the state news agency, Xinhua, removing these older vehicles from the roads will help China to meet some of its green targets such as reducing energy consumption, and will help to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide by 2% a year and emissions of nitrogen oxides by 5% a year,” reports The Guardian.

With a high population and serious pollution situation, China is taking action and strategizing ways to pave greener roads into their future.

Where in China are they removing these cars?

The northern regions of China are known to have the heaviest air pollution with cities that suffer from the most smog. The plan is to take more than 300,000 vehicles off the road in the capital Beijing.

“Recent findings from the state’s environmental agency showed that 31% of the air pollution in Beijing comes from vehicle exhaust fumes,” reports BBC News.

The plan also includes taking 160,000 cars will be taken off the road in Shanghai as well.

Next year, they will be targeting highly developed regions in China to get rid of even more cars (up to 5 million).

How will they decide what cars to ditch?

If a car receives a “yellow label” it’s an affected vehicle that fails to meet fuel standards.

“So, as part of a plan to cut emissions over the next two years, up to 5.3million vehicles that fail to meet Chinese fuel standards will be decommissioned, they said,” reports Daily Mail.

Of course, Chinese cities are also going to be a lot more strict when it comes to issuing out vehicle licenses as another means to avoid having so many cars on the road.

Will this make a real difference?

While China still has reports showing 20 per cent of farmland there is polluted as well as 60 per cent of groundwater, according to the Guardian — this concept of removing cars will still help the air pollution situation.

See, the country still has it in their five year plan to cut emissions by 17 per cent by 2015. Hopefully taking cars like this off the road will help them make their target.

 

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