In a joint letter to EU members of parliament and member state ministers, automotive supplier trade organisations have called for the swift adoption of tighter emissions rules – Euro 7.
Last year, the European Commission proposed the new Euro 7 pollutant emissions standard for new vehicle types, after years of collecting evidence and data.
The trade bodies – including CLEPA – says the European Union needs a ‘timely and well-targeted Euro 7 legislation for cars, vans, trucks and buses to improve the health and wellbeing of its citizens and urban population in particular’.
Euro 7, they say, will make it easier for national and local administrations to deliver on ambient air quality commitments currently being upgraded by EU legislation. While the shift to electromobility is underway, 100 million new vehicles with an internal combustion engine are expected to be sold in the EU in the next decade and will remain on European roads for years to come, the letter points out. ‘Electrification and continued improvement of conventional engines are complementary approaches and should work hand in hand to achieve significant pollution reductions,’ the letter says.
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The letter also says Europe needs more ambitious standards and must ‘maintain its global leadership alongside the US and China, which are also adopting more ambitious pollutant regulations’. European vehicle manufacturers will need to invest in these other regions in adopting advanced technologies anyway to remain competitive in the global market, the letter says.
The letter says new Euro 7 rules need to be adopted within the current legislative period.
- AECC – Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst
- CECRA – Voice of European vehicle dealers and repairers
- CEFIC AGU – Automotive Grade Urea Sector Group
- CITA – International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee
- CLEPA – European Association of Automotive Suppliers
- IPA – International Platinum Group Metals Association
- MECA – Trade association of companies supplying clean mobility technologies