EU eases restrictions on car pollution to keep manufacturers happy

European Union Ministers of Industry They signed a political agreement this Monday. ‘Euro 7’ regulationnew regulations that will regulate polluting emissions Motor Vehicles -cars, vans, trucks and buses-, durability of engines and components such as brakes and tires, as well as batteries. The text of the council, It now needs to be negotiated with the European Parliament. It reduces the European Commission’s ambition by delaying the entry into force of new standards (Brussels has suggested 2025 as a start date) to protect and preserve the European motor industry.

“Our position is to continue on the path to leading the mobility of the future and adopting realistic emission levels for the vehicles of the next decade, while also helping our industry take a decisive step towards non-polluting cars in 2035,” he summarized. Deputy Minister of Industry, Hector GomezPresiding over the meeting of the Twenty-Seven.

In his speech, the Minister reminded that the automobile industry is facing “unprecedented” challenges due to the consequences of the war in Ukraine, limited access to raw materials and the increase in energy prices, and that the agreement signed by the Twenty-Seven responds to these problems. this situation.

Manufacturers wanted “realistic” targets agencies

“Given these factors, it was particularly important in the discussions on the ‘Euro 7’ proposal to find a middle ground between the need to improve air quality and protect human health, on the one hand, and to secure European industry. On the other hand, the auto industry remains competitive on the world stage,” Gómez said of a proposal that has sparked much debate in the European auto industry and opposition in manufacturing countries. Italy, France, Czech Republic and Poland (all of whom eventually supported the deal) feared the impact a more ambitious standard could have on a sector that employs 14 million people in the EU.

“We must start this transition without placing a disproportionate burden on companies. Otherwise, they will no longer be able to invest, which will move us away from our ecological goals,” warned Italian business minister Adolfo Urso.

The industry is satisfied

Finally, the agreement was welcomed by the EU as “a step in the right direction”. European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) The compromise devised by the Spanish presidency of the EU is considered an improvement compared to Brussels’ ambitious proposal. “Compared to what is in force today, Euro 7 is much more comprehensive for new cars, light trucks and especially heavy vehicles, and requires serious engineering and testing work.

Therefore, our industry will need to make very large additional investments at a time when it is investing all its resources in decarbonization,” ACEA CEO recalled. Sigrid de VriesOn the needs brought about by the ban on gasoline, diesel and hybrid cars starting from 2035.

Pollution from road traffic agencies

The EU started to impose emission limits for vehicles in 1992. It has gradually tightened the requirements since then. The agreement reached on Monday continues without change Test conditions and current emission limits for passenger cars and vans set in the ‘Euro 6’ standard.

in case heavy vehicles – buses and coaches As with other commercial vehicles, emission limits are reduced and minimum adjustments are made to test conditions. There are also references to the new proposed zero CO2 emission target for city buses.

Brakes and tires, regulated

big news The most important feature of the regulations is that, for the first time, they will also regulate the emission limits of particles coming only from the environment. exhaust pipe but also brakes and limits of wear rate tires It will be aligned with international standards adopted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The rule also sets deadlines for the adoption (by the Commission) of implementing acts in order to provide legal clarity and certainty to economic actors.

The first plan of the European Commission, which submitted its proposal in November 2022, called for the new regulation to come into force in 2022. July 1, 2025 Two years later for vehicles and 2027 for heavy vehicles was an extremely “ambitious” and “unrealistic” date for the majority of Member States and decided to postpone it.

The Presidency’s commitment, which must be negotiated and agreed with the European Parliament (which has not yet finalized its position), proposes that this should come into force 30 months after adoption for private vehicles and passenger vehicles, and 42 months For heavy vehicles this means delay Beyond mid-2026 new standards come into force.


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