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Natural Resources Forum, Special Issue: Transport, 34(4): 266–274, November 2010
Climate protection and motor vehicle regulations: Evaluation of motor vehicle regulations in China in the context of greenhouse gas management
  Mingde Cao1,*, Yixiang Xu2,*1
 

1. 1 China University of Political Science and Law, Department of Civil Commercial and Economic Law School, Beijing; 2 Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Department of Economy Law School, Chongqing

Abstract:
Climate change requires a re-evaluation of the regulations pertaining to motor vehicles from the perspective of greenhouse gas (GHG) management. This article evaluates the regulations of motor vehicles in China from that perspective. Technology-based regulations on motor vehicles play an important role in reducing GHG emissions. However, technology-based regulations are not likely to be sufficient to achieve effective GHG management. Non-technology-based regulations can influence the behaviour of citizens and promote climate-friendly transport modes. They can contribute significantly to the mitigation of GHG. In China, both the regulations on automobile ownership and those on automobile utilization should be adopted in order for the country to avoid being locked into an unsustainable transportation system. Regulations to promote public transport and non-motorized transport modes should be introduced as early as possible.

 

Keywords: Climate change;Greenhouse gas;Motor vehicle;Tax;Transportation

 

Origin: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1477-8947.2010.01311.x/abstract

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