China Enacts Euro 4 Emissions Standard, Beijing To Go A Notch Higher

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt


When we think of China, we think of massive pollution and CO2-belching cars. Get with the program. China moves ahead at warp speed, and so do emission standards. The China 4 emission standards will become mandatory for all cars sold across China from July 1st, says China Car Times. The Chinese 4 emission standard is pretty much the same as the strict Euro 4 standard (with Chinese characteristics and a separate certification regimen.)

Notoriously polluted Beijing had enacted Euro 4 before the Olympics in 2008. The effects of this and other pollution-fighting measures are remarkable. I can usually (except on days depicted in the video) see the stars at night from my place in Beijing. Before, I thought the only stars were on China’s flag. According to Xinhua, “Beijing will impose the national standard 5 for vehicle emission in 2012 ahead of schedule, which will be around the same time a similar standard is imposed in developed countries.” According to official statistics of the German Kraftfahrtbundesamt, 43 percent of all cars on German roads complied with Euro 4 as of January 1 2011. On the same day, Euro 5 came in effect for new registrations all over Europe.

CCT thinks the new Euro 4 regulation could bump May car sales “as dealerships will be rushing to empty their stocks of Chinese 3 emission standard cars before the July 1st deadline.” It could be a foolish move. When Beijing went to Euro 4, it closed its roads to cars that did not comply. Out of town cars need a sticker that shows that they are in compliance, or need to submit to a roadside emission test before entering the city.

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  • Philosophil Philosophil on May 26, 2011

    Very sensible if you ask me (though some here will probably rant about the oppressive nature of all regulations).

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    • SVX pearlie SVX pearlie on May 26, 2011

      Good for them! The Chinese are nothing if not sensible. At this point, they've decided that Chinese car buyers can afford to pay for the higher cost of lower emissions and pollution. And what's nice (and smart) is that they're more-or-less harmonizing with Euro standards. Letting the Europeans do the heavy lifting on what can be achieved in the market. Then leveraging the development into their market. I expect the Chinese will enact Euro 5 and Euro 6 to hit very soon, and will push even harder, faster. If the the Europeans were smart, they would request Chinese (and Brazilian) representatives, making a Euro 7 global standard.

  • Panzerfaust Panzerfaust on May 26, 2011

    The last time I saw anything like that was Riverside CA 1990. Well, almost, you'd need small arms fire and aerial spraying of malathion to make it seem like Riverside.

  • Tekdemon Tekdemon on May 27, 2011

    So the Beijing market is basically like a CARB market here? Interesting, though the fact that they've so severely limited sales of vehicles in Beijing by limiting registrations will make it rather cost prohibitive for the car companies-if they're not anything but a few units in Beijing why would anybody bother to modify to meet different standards. Or maybe they're hoping this will secretly force everyone just to go Euro 5.