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September 7, 2010
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RETROFITTING BUSES IN CHINA WILL HELP TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION

SHANGHAI, CHINA – Reducing air pollution is a top priority for China and the United States. With assistance from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau (SEPB) will conduct a pilot project using retrofit technologies on municipal buses to minimize emissions and pollution.

The project will demonstrate technologies from Tenneco Automotive Operating Company Inc. (Lake Forest, Illinois) and Corning, Inc. (Corning, New York). Together, these companies will share the cost of the project.

The study will demonstrate that retrofitting buses in China with advanced technologies could reduce fine particulate matter in the air, thereby reducing the impact that air pollution has on human respiratory and cardiovascular systems. In addition, the project will lead to a reduction of black carbon soot, which has been tied directly to global warming because of its absorptive capacity to trap heat in the atmosphere.

Principal Commercial Officer in East China William Brekke said that the project would provide opportunities for U.S. manufacturers of diesel retrofit products to gain a foothold in Shanghai and other Southern China markets.

"The U.S. continues to work with China on providing U.S. technology solutions for clean urban transportation that also contribute to our ongoing cooperation on climate change issues," said Brekke when he conferred the USTDA grant to SEPB Deputy Director Mr. Wu Qizhou for the $222,949 feasibility study.

"It is important to ensure that Shanghai's air is clean and healthy even as the city continues to attract people from around the country and the globe."

USTDA's program in China has generated over $2.8 billion dollars in U.S. exports in sectors as diverse as clean energy, aviation, ICT and the environment since 2001.

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds technical assistance, feasibility studies, training, reverse trade missions and business workshops to support development of modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. USTDA's efforts create an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development.

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