Green light from EU governments to Euro7 cars: what’s changing

It is such a low compromise in terms of environmental standards (and environmentalists) that it is difficult to find any difference with the rules already in place today for the approval of Euro 6 vehicles. But the new Euro 7 regulation, approved by the governments of the 27 states of the EU, is liked by Italy, which claims its success: “Our proposals have been implemented, reconciling the protection of the environment and securing European production without giving away to leading electricity countries such as China”, the Ministry of Energy summarized in a note. Salvini.

The issue of the new Euro 7 regulation was raised by the European automotive industry: the EU Commission’s original proposal envisaged, among other things, stricter emissions limits than the current Euro 6. According to Brussels, these limits are to significantly reduce air pollution in European cities (starting from the most polluted parts of the continent, such as the Po Valley regions). But for the big names in the automotive industry, producing such cars with the expectation of an end to diesel and gasoline engines in 2035 and amid the crisis in the European sector will require investments and unsustainable costs.

The solution found by EU ministers was to leave “existing emission limits and testing conditions for light vehicles unchanged”, a note to the Council of Member States said. Euro 6 testing conditions, the tests that determine the companies’ declared emissions of a particular vehicle, have been accused of being far from reality. The Dieselgate scandal, which revealed the existence of devices that falsify emission data, accelerated the change of regulations on this issue. But governments decided not to change them. “Cold start limits, which are necessary to reduce pollution limits in cities, have also been eliminated,” complains the non-governmental organization Trasport&Environment (T&E); Accordingly, the new regulation should continue to be referred to as Euro 6.

The only changes for legal vehicles relate to limits on non-exhaust emissions, such as particles from brakes and tires (which will only come into force in 2030, as T&E notes), and the use of advanced technologies and emissions monitoring tools. Italy was not too fond of this last point: “We believe that the on-board emission monitoring system still has particularly burdensome effects, especially for vehicles in the lower segment, and that the on-board monitoring device for fuel consumption should not be extended and energy for all types of traction”, said Minister Adolfo Urso .

The Council explains that when it comes to heavy vehicles (buses and trucks), “emission limits are lower and testing conditions are slightly adapted.” Even in this case, environmentalists protested, highlighting how the cold start devices recommended by the EU Commission to reduce air pollution in city centers were eliminated. The Council text will now be negotiated with the European Parliament and the Commission itself. However, it seems unlikely that the course taken by governments will be reversed.

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Source: Today IT