Legislation for Sustainable Mobility
The European Commission is preparing to introduce the next stage of emissions standards, known as Euro 7 (for light-duty vehicles) and VII (for heavy-duty). A new era for vehicle emissions control already started with the introduction of Real-Driving Emissions (RDE) and Portable Emissions Measuring Systems (PEMS) testing within Euro 6/VI legislation, but there remain areas where improved emission standards are required.
AECC welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to prepare this next step in the emission standards for cars, vans, lorries and buses. One of our main objectives will be to follow developments and contribute constructively to a robust regulation with data from our scientific demonstration and test programmes. All predictions show the internal combustion engine (ICE) will be included in the majority of the (electrified) powertrain mix in the medium term. Euro 7/VII represents an opportunity to further improve the emissions performance of these powertrains, so they remain a part of the solution to improve the air quality in our cities.
AECC is proposing the following overarching principles for the Euro 7/VII legislation to improve European air quality and to ensure the health and well-being of everyone:
Focus on real-world emissions
Be fuel- and technology-neutral
Legislate according to a ‘total system approach’ using a ‘whole vehicle’ methodology
Successive Euro emission standards have promoted innovation in the design of emissions control systems. The new Euro 7/VII will drive further innovation within an integrated approach for e.g. catalyst and filter technology design, system layout design and system control.
During the following years, further legislation for another key topic will be discussed: greenhouse gases (GHGs). The current CO2 reduction targets for light- and for heavy-duty vehicles will be reviewed. This is also an important element of the European Green Deal package along with a new EU Circular Economy Action Plan.
A robust pollutant emissions legislative framework combined with the use of low-carbon and renewable sustainable fuels to further reduce GHG emissions will contribute to achieving Clean, Efficient, Convenient and Affordable Mobility.