T&E has accused MEPs of favouring the makers of sports utility vehicles at the cost of the rest of society.
MEPs look set to approve a delay in vehicle emissions legislation just as damning new evidence is emerging at how EU efforts to improve air quality and emissions are being ignored.
Euro 4 emissions standards for lorries entered into force on 1 October but questions remain over enforcement of the new and future standards.
The European Parliament’s environment committee has voted to delay the Commission’s proposed Euro-5 pollution standards from cars, and to weaken some elements of the package.
The campaign for post-Euro-5 emission targets to be set now has gathered momentum, following a call by Germany for Euro-6 nitrogen oxides standards.
The World Health Organisation has published a report on air pollution which suggests the emissions limits in the EU’s proposed Euro-5 standards are far too lax.
The Commission is set to propose a Euro-5 emissions standard which is as weak as the pre-proposal issued for public consultation in September. according to media reports.
The Commission has closed its consultation on the next round of emission limits for passenger cars, known as Euro-5, with T&E clashing with the European car makers’ association Acea.
The Commission has taken the automotive world a little by surprise by launching a new consultation on Euro-5 emissions standards.
The decision by the German car maker Daimler Chrysler to do field trials of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) looks set to be a breakthrough in the battle to reduce nitrogen oxides emissions...