NAIROBI Sonny Gray Jersey , March 6 (Xinhua) -- China should adopt transport systems that rely on cleaner fuels to boost air quality and human health in mega cities, a senior United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) official said late Thursday.
Rob de Jong, the head of transport unit at UNEP, told Xinhua during an interview in Nairobi that Beijing is well positioned to provide stewardship on green transport in cities.
"Definitely, China has made progress in environmental protection in the last decade. Adoption of clean diesel fuel in cities has improved air quality. But this progress is not sufficient," Jong said.
According to Jong, China has the potential to become a global exemplar on green transportation in cities, if the country scales up investments in speed trains and hybrid cars that use cleaner fuels.
Jong stressed that enforcement of legislation on adoption of clean diesel will strengthen response to air pollution in Chinese mega cities.
China and other emerging markets should share best practices in order to promote green transportation in cities.
"China is a leader in the rapid switch to clean fuels and investment in speed trains," Jong noted.