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Buses and taxis to get greener

ALL buses and taxis operating in downtown areas must meet the National III emission standard or higher before the 2010 Shanghai World Expo starts, officials said yesterday while announcing details of the fourth Three-Year Environmental Protection Action Plan between 2009 and 2011.

In the past two years, more than 5,000 buses and 30,000 taxis have been upgraded to meet the emission standard. Another 3,700 buses and 10,000 taxis are on this year's agenda.

The government has already announced that all new cars, buses, cleaning and rubbish vehicles, mail delivery cars and urban construction vehicles must meet the National IV emission standard, equivalent to the current highest emission standards in Europe, from November 1 this year. These standards must be met in order for vehicle plate registration.

"Each three-year action plan has solved one or two major problems," Mayor Han Zheng said yesterday. "The fourth will offer residents better quality drinking water, treat vehicle emissions, as well as noise pollution and dirt from construction sites."

Poor water quality in downtown riverways, noise and vehicle emissions topped the list of environmental complaints by residents.

The city will spend 82 billion yuan (US$12 billion) on 260 projects as it increases its efforts to reduce these problems along with other environmental issues, officials said.

Officials said the city will have reduced its chemical oxygen demand 15 percent and sulfur dioxide emissions 26 percent in 2010 compared to 2005.

In the fourth action plan, Shanghai will have completed treatment on 366 kilometers of riverways by 2011. Greenery areas will cover 38.2 percent of the city in 2011, almost doubling the area seen in 1999.


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