Emissions in the automotive sector
The protection of air quality is a priority for the European Commission. Emission standards are currently in place for light–duty (cars, vans) and heavy-duty vehicles (coaches, buses, trucks), and for non-road mobile machinery. The Commission also encourages technological development to help protect the environment and reduce air pollution.
Emissions from light-duty vehicles
Emission limits - regulations on emission limit standards Euro 5 and 6 for light passenger and commercial vehicles have introduced new stricter emission limits..
Reducing CO2 –EU laws set binding emission targets for new car and van fleets to help reduce the CO2 emissions of light-duty vehicles. More on reducing CO2 emissions.
Improving testing procedures - the Commission works on the improvement of testing procedures for pollutant emissions and fuel consumption. This helps assess the performance of vehicles under real-life conditions. Two new testing procedures are currently being developed: Real Driving Emissions (RDE) for measuring regulated pollutants and the Worldwide Harmonized Light-duty Vehicles Testing Procedure (WLTP) for measuring CO2 emissions.
Emissions from heavy-duty vehicles
Emission limits - Regulations on EURO VI for heavy duty vehicles have introduced new stricter emission limits. Euro VI standards became mandatory on 1 January 2013.
Reducing CO2 - the Commission is working on a comprehensive strategy to reduce CO2 emissions.