Euro VI is agreed

The future EU regulation for emissions from HD vehicles has now been adopted by the European Parliament: Read more in a press release here

The new regulation will sharpen the emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulates substantially further. In addition a set of paragraphs will put further demand on emissions outside the test cycles, ageing and in use performance. According to the agreement, all new vehicles will have to comply with the new regulation from 1st of January 2014.

In addition the proposal introduces:

-provisions on off cycle emissions
-further on-board diagnostic
-access to repair information
-durability of pollution control devices
-replacement pollution control devices
-conformity of in-service engines and vehicles
-carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption measurement
and the proposal foresees the introduction of a particle number limit value

So far I have personally been positive to sharpening and harmonising emission performance of vehicles. Human health should not be compromised. Now, with US10 and Euro VI, however the vehicle sector is getting very very far ahead of most other sectors, I say. The cost for removing last gram of NOx is only remotely justified by the health improvement. And, in parallel the world struggles with the abatement of green house gases. Those are conflicting targets. In the end money is needed to provide the technical solutions. In order not to affect the competitiveness of some regions more than others a broad support for similar legislation should be secured from all over the world.

I would like to challenge the political leadership to provide the holistic justification for the new sharp emission directives for the vehicle sector.

When calculating the total environmental load sector by sector: Are the measures in US10 and Euro VI prioritised correctly, cost efficient, phased in at the right time?

Or, are there other sectors that need to increase the pace more?

One thing is for sure right:

Buses gives the lowest environmental load per travelled kilometre (with exception for biking and walking)!

About volvobuses

Adjunct Professor of Catalysis at Chalmers University of Technology. Lives in Gothenburg, Sweden, with my wife and three daughters born in 1991, 1994 and 1997. Is a passionate runner.
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