• EU Council 'Braking' Euro 7: a respite for industry and... for the consumer

The future Euro 7 standard that will measure vehicle emissions has taken a new step forward once the EU Parliament has set its proposal, closer to the position set by member countries at the end of September, than to the toughest one presented by the Commission last November.

Specifically, the 85 European parliamentarians who attended this morning to the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) opted by a large majority (52 votes in favor) for the proposal prepared by the center-right bloc, led by the Spanish Susana Solís, MEP of Citizens and member of the European Parliament group Renew.

In this way, the application of the rule would be delayed until 2027 for cars and vans and until 2029 for trucks and buses. In addition, when measuring vehicle emissions, the protocols of the current Euro 6 in force are maintained.

And also, as proposed by the Commission and the countries, measurements are introduced for the particles given off by tyres and brakes, which is a world first and will also apply to electric cars, which will be required to have a minimum battery life. These must retain 85% of their capacity after five years, and 75% after 10.

As a great novelty, the proposal approved yesterday by Parliament, reduces the levels of NOx emissions in vehicles from the current 80 mg / km (and that is what the countries are asking for), to the 60 mg / km that are already required for gasoline. However, according to Solís after his contacts with the motor industry, manufacturers would be able to meet that objective that, in addition, would reduce emissions by 32%.

  • Motor industry