Euro 7 standards: the new rules for vehicle emissions by the ECDaniele D'Onofrio
Last week, 10 November 2022, the European Commission published its proposal for new vehicle pollutant emission standards. The Euro 7 proposal aims to improve EU air quality and public health by continuing to lower pollutant emissions coming from road transport in order to meet the European Green Deal’s zero-pollution ambition.
This new proposal replaces and it aims to simplify the previously separate emission rules for cars and vans (Euro 6) and trucks and buses (Euro VI). The Euro 7 standards rules bring emission limits for all motor vehicles, placing the same limits regardless of whether the vehicle uses gasoline, diesel, electric drive-trains or alternative fuels.
In details, this new proposal intends to:
- Better control emissions of air pollutants from all new vehicles;
- Update and tighten the limits for pollutant emissions;
- Regulate emissions from brakes and tires;
- Ensure that new cars stay clean for longer;
- Support the deployment of electric vehicles;
- Make full use of digital possibilities.
The EC’s goal is that by 2035 all cars and vans sold in the EU will have zero CO2 emissions.
The Euro 7 Commission’s proposal will be submitted to the European Parliament and the Council in view of its adoption by the co-legislators.