China to Bring Forward Stricter Fuel Standard on Smog

China will start implementing stricter diesel and gasoline standards earlier than scheduled to reduce vehicle emissions as part of a broader plan to control air pollution.

The government will expand the adoption of the new emissions standard, equivalent to Euro V, to 11 provinces in eastern China on Jan. 1, 2016, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a statement on Thursday.

The new standard known as “China V” will take effect nationwide from Jan. 1, 2017, a year earlier than was previously announced, according to the statement.

The government will increase policy support to refining companies to upgrade fuel quality, the commission said.

— With assistance by Jun Luo

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