Planned Carbon Emission Law to Include Motor Vehicles Soon
According to the city’s vice mayor Tang Jie, Drivers can be asked to pay for carbon emissions from their cars within three years. Tang said during a meeting with the delegations of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group that Shenzhen is planning to create a law that will include all motorized vehicles in a carbon emission supervision system.
Based on a recent study there are 3.5 million vehicles in the city in which 500,000 are being registered for this year. Analysts say that motor vehicles are one of the important factors that create an increase in carbon emissions. Tang said that if only drivers and car owners choose not to use their vehicles at least one day a month for a year the carbon emissions will be reduced by 400,000 tons a year. Tang was able to sign a cooperation memorandum with the Cities Climate Leadership Group which pushes Shenzhen to pursue the low carbon development and help make contributions in dealing with global climate change.
The city is also planning to increase the number of electric vehicle charging facilities and it will be subsidized by the government in hopes to encourage the use of new energy vehicles. The city is seeking to have between 25,000 to 30,000 new energy vehicles within two years. the Cities Climate Leadership Group is a network of megacities that are committed to find solutions for climate change. Shenzhen became an official member in June and was granted an urban transportation award.