OK, China, you're on notice. Not by Stephen Colbert, but by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Oh, and it's not everyone in China, but just "manufacturers for automobiles powered by new energies." What are new energies? Chinaview says it means "hybrid cars, battery electric vehicles (BEV), fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), hydrogen-fueled vehicles and vehicles powered by other new types of fuel."

Basically, this announcement means that automakers who go green are going to need to make sure their cars are produced in a sensible manner and be reliable when they're on the road. As Professor Zha Daojiong, director of the Center for International Energy Security at Renmin University of China in Beijing, explained, "Enterprises wanting to manufacture new-energy cars should pay attention that their development of new type of energies should be truly 'energy-efficient' rather than only 'new in name. It is also crucial to avoid creating new sources of pollution in the process of the production of vehicles fueled by new energies."

Boy, if this regulation is taken seriously and China greens up its auto industry for real and Wal-Mart is able to muscle its product producers to go green, China's environment might not become a total wasteland after all. Just a little wasteland, like so many other places.

[Source: Chinaview via TTAC]

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