Beijing authorities apparently realized that the anti-barbecue initiative wasn’t going to clean up the smog on its own. So they came up with a more reasonable solution: scrap 5 million cars.
According to abc, “the order comes after China failed to meet official pollution-reduction goals for 2011-2013” and plans to remove “vehicles registered before 2005 that fail to meet cleaner emissions standards […] though it did not say how.” Filling stations in large urban centres like Beijing and Shanghai will now also be required to sell the cleanest grades of gasoline and diesel (and not the stuff they cook the street kebabs with). Zing!
The cost of the project and the way the government will enforce it remains unknown at the moment. But we can be certain it won’t be cheap!
By Aliaume Leroy