The Transportation Program is interested in efforts to:
- Support a system of fuel-efficiency regulations that covers all vehicle types in China, gradually approaching the leading international levels;
- Support the development of increasingly stringent new vehicle emissions standards and clean-fuel standards, and their timely and effective implementation;
- Promote the rapid development and commercialization of new energy vehicles, and help them leapfrog over fossil-fuel-intensive technology and production; and
- Promote the integration of China’s road, rail, and other transportation modes, and shift toward more efficient options for long-distance freight transport.
The China Transportation Program supports policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption in the transportation sector, and to improve air quality by reducing criteria air pollutant emissions from mobile sources.
he need to address oil security and urban air pollution has become more critical than ever. Yet the auto industry is resistant to a fast shift toward more efficient, lower emission vehicles. Although goals and roadmaps for clean-fuel development have been established, driven in part by a new sense of urgency to solve China’s air pollution problems, enforcement is still uneven. Environmental regulators have neither sufficient authority nor enough capacity to address deteriorating air quality from vehicle emissions.
To contend with these challenges, the Transportation Program works with the national and local governments to develop more stringent new vehicle regulations and clean fuel standards, accelerate the retirement of old vehicles, strengthen the inspection of clean fuel supplies, promote new vehicle technologies, and advance more efficient and clean transportation modes.