Emissions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter from European trucks and buses will be sharply curtailed by new regulations proposed Friday by the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union. The new standard will contribute to an improvement of air quality in Europe, the commission said Friday.
The new standard, called Euro VI, is expected to enter into force in 2013. The proposal has been subject to stakeholder and Internet consultations, and will now be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
Commission Vice-President Gunter Verheugen, who is responsible for enterprise and industry, said, "More stringent emission limits will pave the way for cleaner trucks and buses. This is good for the health of our citizens and the environment. Industry gets a clear perspective and the time to prepare to produce clean, high quality vehicles without endangering its competitiveness."
Member states and their citizens are concerned about the impacts of air pollution on human health and the environment, Verheugen said. Although air quality has improved over the past decade, air quality problems remain throughout the European Union, especially in urban areas and densely populated regions.
To address this problem, the Euro VI proposal lays down common EU rules on pollutant emissions from heavy motor vehicles. The proposal foresees a reduction of 80 percent in nitrogen oxides and 66 percent in particulate matter emissions compared to the current Euro V stage limits.