The last days I visited the “Green Fleet World 2009” conference in Shanghai. The conference was organised by Trade Association of Shanghai Communications and Transportation and Global Leaders Institute by support from the Shanghai Municipal Transport and Port Authority and Shanghai Urban Construction & Communications authorities.
The conference discussed different options for environmental actions. The question was not if more actions should be introduced but rather which technologies to prioritise. The main challenge for Shanghai as described by Mrs Tang, is the increasing energy use. This is mainly due to more cars.
Shanghai will be introducing Euro IV emission standards for HD vehicles from March next year, while the fuel standards are not as strict as required for Euro IV in Europe. I see this discrepancy as a problem for several reasons. Even if Sulphur is not a limiting factor for reaching the emission standards at the certification it is known to impact the ageing of the emission control systems. It is furthermore contributing to the health impact by SOx emissions. I simply see no good reason for not introducing the corresponding fuel alongside with the emission legislation. Don’t take me wrong. I’m not advocating for delaying the introduction of Euro IV in Shanghai. Low sulphur fuel can be introduced with very short lead times as shown in Sweden in the mid 1980ties.
Mrs Sophie Tong was the responsible organiser for the Green Fleet Conference, here next to me.
This morning I took a walk in the streets close to the Hotell. The streets in Shanghai are generally better planed than in Europe. In most new areas you find the pedestrians in broad and open side walks, the two wheelers (mostly fully electric) separated from the cars by a green fence and the cars and buses in the middle of the road. At some parts of the streets the buses have separate lanes, this could however be developed in the direction of BRT systems to give the public transports higher priority.
In the crossing of Yingchun road and Fangdiang road I found a small fully electric vehicle for carrying garbage. When do we see this type of electric carriers in Europe?