Vehicle emissions in a middle-sized city of China: Current status and future trends

Shida Sun, Jiaxin Jin, Men Xia, Yiming Liu, Meng Gao, Chao Zou, Ting Wang, Yingchao Lin, Lin Wu, Hongjun Mao*, Peng Wang*

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Vehicle emissions are regarded as an important contributor to urban air pollution in China and most previous studies focused on megacities. However, the vehicle pollution in middle-sized cities becomes more severe due to the increasing vehicle population (VP) and lagged control policy. This study takes Langfang, a typical middle-sized city bordered by two megacities (Beijing and Tianjin), as the target domain to investigate vehicle emissions. The speed correction curves (SCC) are introduced to improve the vehicle emission factors (EF) simulation in official technical guidelines on emission inventory (GEI). A multi-year vehicle emission inventory (from 2011 to 2025) is developed in Langfang. From 2011 to 2017, the total vehicle emissions in Langfang decrease for carbon monoxide (CO), but increase for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nitrogen oxides (NOx), and inhalable particles (PM10), respectively. From 2018 to 2025, the emissions would increase more rapidly in Langfang than in Beijing and Tianjin, indicating the middle-sized cities may become a significant contributor to air pollution in China. Four possible control policies, including VP constrained (VPC), public transportation promotion (PTP), new energy vehicles promotion (NEP), and freight transportation structure optimization (FTO) are evaluated. The most significant emissions reductions are observed under the FTO for CO, NOx, and PM10, and under the VPC for VOCs. The spatial distributions of vehicle emissions show a high order of heterogeneity, indicating that local conditions should be considered in policy formulation in addition to national consistency. More comprehensive policies should be implemented to mitigate the vehicle pollution in middle-sized cities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105514
JournalEnvironment International
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Emission factors
  • Emission inventory
  • Policy evaluation
  • Spatial distribution
  • Vehicle emissions


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