Beijing: Motor vehicles in China emitted over 52 million tonnes of pollutants in 2010, a report released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection has revealed.
According to the report titled "China Vehicle Emission Control Annual Report (2011)", the pollutants included 40.8 million tonnes of carbon monoxide, 5.99 million tonnes of nitrogen oxide, 4.87 million tonnes of hydrocarbon and 598,000 tonnes of particulate matters, Xinhua reported.
These pollutants, or the components of pollution are believed to be among major contributors to the air pollution problems like smog and acid rain frequently occurring in some Chinese cities, the report said.
The ministry will strengthen its emission control work and intensify the administration and supervision of the production and use of vehicles, said the ministry`s spokesman Tao Detian.
The ministry will also work with other government departments to launch comprehensive measures, including better industry planning, improved urban transportation and greater supplies of clean energy, to curb pollution, he said.
The report said that between 2006 and 2010, the country`s total motor vehicles registered an annual growth rate of about 10 percent, increasing the total number of vehicles from 118 million to 190 million.