Air pollution continues to be a huge problem across Europe with almost all European citizens exposed to toxic air above World Health Organisation (WHO) Air Quality Guidelines. Road transport continues to be a huge contributor to the problem as the biggest source of toxic NO2 and a significant source of particle pollution, causing 70,000 premature deaths per year and a multitude of preventable diseases including cancer, stroke and cardiovascular disease. Children are and teenagers are particularly vulnerable to air pollution as they are still growing.
Since 2018, the European Commission has been in the process of developing new Euro 7 emission standards for cars, vans, buses and trucks to reduce pollution from road transport and to improve air quality. The draft proposal was published in November 2022. This position paper provides updated analysis and policy recommendations for the Euro 7 Regulation based on the Commission’s draft proposal.