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Euro VI: further emission reduction for heavy-duty vehicles
úterý, 29. ledna 2013
Thanks to new European legislation (called the Euro VI norm), effective from 31 December 2012 for new homologations, nitrogen oxides and particulates emitted from new types of trucks and buses will be lowered. It means a reduction of 80% in emissions of nitrogen oxides and 70% in particulate matters.
In addition to the health and environment, the new legislation will also have a positive impact on industry: the legislation introduces world-wide harmonised test procedures and standards which should help boost European automotive industry exports. In addition, EU automotive legislation is now simpler and becomes effective more quickly - directly applicable regulations have replaced directives, thus eliminating the time required for their transposition into 27 different national legislations.
Antonio Tajani, Commissioner responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: "Today’s emission reduction will help clean up the air we breathe and improve the competitiveness of Europe's automobile industry. As agreed in our recently adopted Cars Action plan we are creating a win-win situation: we will have cleaner trucks and buses, which will be trendsetters and exportable worldwide."
The new European law lays down common EU rules for pollutant emissions from for heavy motor vehicles and their engines. It was developed in line with the principles of Better Regulation and following recommendations from the High Level Group for Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st century (CARS 21) and feedback from a public consultation.
Benefits of the new norms include:
• a reduction of 80% in nitrogen oxides and 70% in particulate matter emissions, as compared to 2008 levels under the previous Euro V norm
• the introduction of global harmonised test procedures and standards with USA equivalent emission limit values
• a positive cost benefit ratio, as proven by the impact assessment.
NGVA Europe comment:
The heavy-duty Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) offer in Europe is continuously growing. The main reasons behind this trend are economic and strategic aspects linked to the use of natural gas (NG) as a fuel, but also the environmental benefits achieved at all levels. NGVs have, through the use of NG and biomethane, demonstrated their outstanding behaviour in terms of Green House Gas emissions and also regarding air quality improvement through reductions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter, making it the recommended urban fuel.
The Euro VI norm represents an expanded legal framework for NGVs in Europe, as in addition to the already considered NG spark ignited (S.I.) engine requirements, new ones for NG compressed ignition (C.I.) engines like dual-fuel NG-diesel engines are now being considered. These changes have been introduced through the UNECE Regulation 49 06 series of amendments and will be incorporated by the European Commission 3rd Comitology Package amending Type Approval Framework Directive 2007/46/EC.
Source: European Commission, NGVA Europe
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