Chemically-speciated on-road PM2.5motor vehicle emission factors in Hong Kong

Y. Cheng, Shuncheng Lee, K. F. Ho, J. C. Chow, J. G. Watson, P. K.K. Louie, J. J. Cao, X. Hai

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PM2.5(particle with an aerodynamic diameter less than 2.5 μm) was measured in different microenvironments of Hong Kong (including one urban tunnel, one Hong Kong/Mainland boundary roadside site, two urban roadside sites, and one urban ambient site) in 2003. The concentrations of organic carbon (OC), elemental carbon (EC), water-soluble ions, and up to 40 elements (Na to U) were determined. The average PM2.5mass concentrations were 229±90, 129±95, 69±12, 49±18 μg m-3in the urban tunnel, cross boundary roadside, urban roadside, and urban ambient environments, respectively. Carbonaceous particles (sum of organic material [OM] and EC) were the dominant constituents, on average, accounting for ~82% of PM2.5emissions in the tunnel, ~70% at the three roadside sites, and ~48% at the ambient site, respectively. The OC/EC ratios were 0.6±0.2 and 0.8±0.1 at the tunnel and roadside sites, respectively, suggesting carbonaceous aerosols were mainly from vehicle exhausts. Higher OC/EC ratio (1.9±0.7) occurred at the ambient site, indicating contributions from secondary organic aerosols. The PM2.5emission factor for on-road diesel-fueled vehicles in the urban area of Hong Kong was 257±31 mg veh-1km-1, with a composition of ~51% EC, ~26% OC, and ~9% SO4=. The other inorganic ions and elements made up ~11% of the total PM2.5emissions. OC composed the largest fraction (~51%) in gasoline and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) emissions, followed by EC (~19%). Diesel engines showed higher emission rates than did gasoline and LPG engines for most pollutants, except for V, Br, Sb, and Ba.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1621-1627
Number of pages7
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Diesel-fueled vehicle
  • Emission factor
  • Tunnel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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