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European Commission proposes Euro 5 emission standards

21 December 2005

The European Commission has published proposed “Euro 5” regulation to further reduce emissions from new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. Compared to current Euro 4 emission standards, the proposal calls for an 80% reduction of PM emissions from diesel cars, which would de facto require installation of particulate filters on all new diesel vehicles (filters currently used on European diesel cars have been introduced mostly on a voluntary basis). Diesel NOx emissions, on the other hand, would be reduced by a modest 20%, which would not require emission aftertreatment.

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The proposal will now be considered by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. The new Euro 5 limits will enter into force by mid 2008 at the earliest.

The main elements of the proposal are:

The proposal is generally similar to the draft Euro 5 consultation document published in July 2005, but PM limits for light commercial vehicles, which were more relaxed, are now equal to those for cars.

The implementation date for the Euro 5 standards will be 18 months after the entry into force of the regulation for new type approvals and 36 months for all new vehicles.

Source: European Commission