Since Euro 0 engines, reductions in vehicle emissions have progressed at an impressive rate. Today it takes 35 Euro IV vehicles to emit the same particulates as one Euro 0 vehicle in 1991.
What are Euro standards?
Euro standards seek to reduce pollutant emissions released into the air from vehicles. Since 1991, the standards have progressively tightened as the European Commission has demanded emissions limits to curb the release of air pollutants such as oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter and hydrocarbons. Freight operators, through their procurement of new vehicles, contribute to reducing the impact of air pollution.
Why is Euro VI being introduced?
The introduction of Euro VI applied from 31 December 2012 for new vehicle and engine types, and 31 December 2013 for all new vehicle registrations. It further tightens emissions from air pollutants as European Community legislation has established appropriate standards for ambient air quality, including the setting of national emission ceilings. This is to cut the number of premature deaths from poor air quality and to protect those vulnerable to daily changes in levels of air pollutants. The further development of Euro standards is therefore one of the measures designed to reduce the actual in-use emissions of air pollutants from the transport sector.
The renewal of vehicle fleets to higher Euro standards can help to reduce air pollution alongside other operational measures such as driver training, route management and reduced empty running which lowers fuel usage and ultimately carbon.