China plans stricter fuel standards after smog
SHANGHAI (AFP) - China has announced stricter motor fuel standards in a bid to reduce harmful emissions after smog blanketed much of the country last month - but the measures will not come fully into force for almost five years.
"Following the rapid growth in car ownership, automobile emissions are having an increasing impact on air pollution," the central government said in a statement posted on its website late Wednesday.
The powerful State Council, or cabinet, mandated that sulphur content for both petrol and diesel would be set at no more than 10 parts per million (ppm) by 2017, a reduction from the current 50 ppm, according to the statement.
Burning fuel with sulphur produces sulphur dioxide, a major air pollutant.