Europe Issues Tough Euro 5 Emission Standards

The new standards, set to take effect in 2008, would reduce key pollutants in fine particle emmissions from vans by up to 90 percent.

Published: 06-Jan-2006

The European commission issued formal proposals for next generation EU vehicle emission standards on Wednesday. The plan for "Euro 5" norms is backed by draft legislation requiring one-quarter of public spending on vehicles such as buses to be directed to "clean vehicles".

After being delayed for further consultation, the Euro 5 emission limits have ended up in line with a draft version issued by the commission in July (ED 18/07/05). The EU executive stressed that the new limits would reduce key pollutants in fine particle emmissions from vans by up to 90%. The new standards are expected to come into force in 2008.

For diesel cars, the limit for ten micron particles (PM10) will be 5 mg/km, compared with 25 mg/km under Euro 4. All diesel cars will have to be fitted with particle filters to meet the standard. Maximum nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions will be 200 mg/km, down from 250 mg/km under Euro 4.

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