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newCommission launches a new Study on strategies for Sampling, Analyses and Reporting on marine fuels towards the effective implementation of the Sulphur Directive in the EU

The European Commission's Directorate-General for the Environment is working with Member States and all the interested parties in the Shipping Sector toward an effective and timely implementation of Directive 1999/32/EC on sulphur which had a significant amendment related to marine fuel standards in 2012.

The deadline for bringing Member States's legislation in compliance is arriving soon (18 June 2014) and the amended Sulphur Directive will enter into force 1 January 2015. This legislation requires the Commission to provide guidance and tools to define advanced strategies for sampling and analyses of fuels. Also, the study will develop a new electronic reporting tool for harmonized and efficient compliance of the legislation at EU level. The purpose of the comprehensive study launched is:

  • to help and advice the Commission to improve the quality of the reporting under the Directive
  • to provide a tool to better assess the implementation of the Directive in particular with regard to the entry into force of the new marine fuel standars.

An open call for tender has been published on 20/06/2013. The time limit for receipt of tenders is 14 August 2013. The full text of the call for tender can be found here

Study regarding the implementation of Euro 6 light-duty vehicle pollutant emission standards in the EU including a benchmark against international emission standards

The European Commission's Directorates-General for Enterprise (DG ENTR) and for the Environment (DG ENV) want to inform the debate with stakeholders on the implementation of Euro 6 standards, in particular on the costs and time involved to implement the technologies needed for upcoming Euro 6 emission standards.

In order to orient the current stakeholders' debate it is necessary to see Euro 6 standards in an international context and to benchmark them against emission standards in force in other parts of the world. The general purpose of the assignment is to provide support to the Commission in its implementation of the Euro 5/6 legislation.

The legislation requires the Commission i.a. to propose a Euro 6 emission testing method which reflects emissions under 'normal conditions'. Therefore the Commission wants to bring forward real-world emission testing methodology and reliable statistical evaluation methods not later than 2013. This contract supports this action.

An open call for tender has been published (ENV.C.3/SER/2012/0040). The time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 7 September 2012. The full text of the call for tender can be found here.