Every 5th of June is a day used by the United Nations to stimulate worldwide awareness of environmental issues and encourages political action. During the past week it has been revealed that China plans to take more than 5 million ageing vehicles off its roads this year in a bid to improve air quality, with 330 000 cars set to be decommissioned in Beijing alone.
According to Beijing’s environmental watchdog, vehicle emissions in Beijing were responsible for about 31% of the hazardous airborne particles known as PM 2.5, with 22.4% originating from coal burning.
Beijing plans to limit the total number of cars on the road to 5.6 million this year, with the number allowed to rise to 6 million by 2017, the local government has said. [Info via News24]
But how environmentally friendly are our vehicles? How much do we know about vehicle emissions? We received an interesting infographic which we would like to share: