The EU council has agreed on a plan to water down the Euro 7 emission standard proposal. The decision reverts on previous suggested changes, keeping Euro 7 more like Euro 6 emission standards. The main drivers to the change were the concerns of how harsher emission standards would affect the automotive industry, and its eventual electrification.
A change from initial proposals
Although air pollution has reduced in recent years, it remains a major environmental and health risk in the EU. Initial proposals were made in November 2022 for the new Euro 7 emission standards, following several delays. The proposal aimed at tackling emissions from tailpipes, brake pads and tyres, whilst keeping vehicles affordable.
On the 25th of September, EU ministers agreed a diluted proposal to the planned Euro 7 emission standard. Emission limits for cars and vans are now to remain unchanged compared to Euro 6, regardless of fuel type. Similarly, on-road testing conditions for cars are now set to remain on par with Euro 6 standards. Moreover, limitations on ammonia cold start limits for cars have also been scrapped. Particle pollution limits for new car tyres are set to come into force after a four-year period while tyres already on the market have been granted an additional 2.5 years to comply with the regulations.
For trucks, city emission limits have
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