China will issue new rules and regulations to deal with
worsening automobile pollution as part of the 11th Five-Year Plan
(2006-2010), an official has said.
According to Li Xinmin, deputy director of the Pollution Control
Department of the State Environmental Protection Administration,
the country will implement a new auto emission standard and
encourage the use of clean energy.
Supervision on automobile pollution will be strengthened and fuel
quality will be improved, Li added.
Meanwhile, the bureau will support the production and use of
energy-saving cars with low gas emissions in order to ensure the
sustained development of the industry.
Keeping a balance between pollution and the development of the auto
industry will be a key issue in the next five years, Li
He warned that China is now facing a serious pollution problem due
to the rapid growth of the auto industry.
He revealed that gas emission has become one of the main sources of
urban pollution in China. It is estimated that by 2010, about 400
Chinese cities will be faced with extreme vehicle emission and coal
In the coming five years, China is expected to make great progress
in developing environment-friendly cars and gradually complete the
technological upgrading of the industry, said Chen Jiachang, an
official from the New and High Technology Development and
Industrialization Department of the Ministry of Science and
At present, China has about 5,800 auto-related enterprises that
employ 2.2 million people, according to Chen Bin, deputy director
of the Industrial Department of the State Development and Reform
The output value of the auto industry was 1.1 trillion yuan (123
billion US dollars) last year, accounting for nearly 2 percent of
China's gross domestic product (GDP), compared with 1 percent of
GDP at the end of the Ninth Five-year Plan period (1996-2000). The
figure is estimated to rise to 2.5 percent by the end of
The increase of auto industry production as a proportion of GDP
means that it has become one of the country's pillar
Chen predicted that China's domestic demand for cars will keep
rising in tandem with the rapid growth of the economy in the next
five years, adding that market demand will hit 8 to 9 million units
by 2010, with vehicle output reaching 10 million units.
(Xinhua News Agency October 25, 2005)