Swiss Confederation extends collaboration with JRC on air pollution control
In an agreement signed on 16 December, the Swiss Confederation and the JRC extended their joint research and development work on exhaust emission standards until 2014. Through the close co–operation between the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the JRC, Switzerland has reinforced the information exchange with the EU in air pollution control and numerous joint projects have been undertaken since 2007.
The extended agreement will allow FOEN and the JRC to continue with the joint development of exhaust emission test procedures for combustion engines, methods for the analysis of fuels as well as test procedures for newly developed vehicles and engines. Furthermore the two parties will examine the impact of emissions on health, climate and environment. The document was signed by Dr Martin Schiess, Head of the Air pollution control and non-ionizing radiation (NIR) division of FOEN and JRC Director Giovanni De Santi at the Vehicle Emission Laboratory (VELA) in Ispra.