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Cleaner fuel coming to city next year

SHANGHAI is expected to enjoy slightly clearer skies next year as vehicles use cleaner gas.

China Petroleum and Chemical Corp, better known as Sinopec, will provide the new fuel and diesel that meets the Euro V emission standards at city gas stations by the National Day holiday next October.

Zhang Yong, general manager with Sinopec's Gaoqiao branch in Shanghai, said the state-owned producer "will contribute to the development of ecological awareness in Shanghai."

Sinopec's Shanghai facilities have renovated their refinery equipment for the production of cleaner fuel.

The measure will decrease PM2.5 emissions, which are tiny particles harmful to health. Vehicles contribute about 25 percent of the PM2.5 sources, said local environment protection officials.

Zhang Quan, director of the local environment protection bureau, said Shanghai has up to 230,000 vehicles viewed as highly polluting.

Industry insiders said drivers may pay more for the new fuel.

The city now uses National IV emission standards - equivalent to Euro IV.

Euro V fuel or liquified gas vehicles emit about 30 percent less nitrogen oxides than their Euro IV counterparts, researchers found.

Meanwhile, city legislators remained concerned about emission goals as more vehicles will hit the roads.

"If the vehicle using cleaner fuel can cut emissions, the rapid increase of new vehicle numbers will offset that, and things could still get worse," said Zhu Lei, a local lawmaker.

Also more vehicles with out-of-town plates are swarming to the city, causing further crowding, said Zhu.

Shanghai has more than 1.7 million private cars, and the number would surpass 3.3 million if steps, such as a plate auction, were not taken, officials said.


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