Euro 7 decision

    Euro 7 decision combines improvement in air quality with feasibility for industry

    Berlin, December 17, 2023

    Some requirements very ambitious - first-time regulation of brake dust and tire abrasion will ensure improved air quality

    Today, representatives of the Council of the European Union, the European Parliament and the European Commission reached an agreement in a trilogue regarding the Euro 7 emissions standard.

    VDA President Hildegard Müller said: "The automotive industry is resolutely committed to the goal of continually improving air quality to protect health. The Euro standards as a whole are an effective instrument. The new Euro 7 emissions standard will help to further reduce emissions from road transport and thus lead to improved air quality."

    The new requirements include, among other things, a first-time regulation of brake dust and tire abrasion, new on-board monitoring techniques, the consideration of smaller particle sizes in the exhaust gas and the extended durability of the emission-related systems.

    In view of the upcoming transformation until 2035, the regulation for cars will be nominally lower, but the new additional requirements mean a significant reduction in emissions compared to Euro 6.

    "The Euro 7 requirements are partly very ambitious, but our industry is determined to implement them all. The Euro 7 decision combines the improvement of air quality and feasibility for industry in a reasonable way and focuses on an appropriate cost-benefit ratio for industry and consumers. This also ensures that manufacturers can focus their investment on the important, sustainable transformation projects towards climate-neutral mobility," Müller said.

    Particularly for heavy commercial vehicles, there is stricter regulation ahead. In addition to significantly tightening the limit values for nitrogen oxides, the Euro 7 decision focuses on low engine load operation in the city. This ensures that the vehicles are very clean, even during long periods of idle time in city operations.

    Euro 7 will be mandatory for cars and light commercial vehicles from the end of 2026 and for heavy commercial vehicles and buses from mid-2028. "The schedule for the introduction of Euro 7 is ambitious and requires great effort from manufacturers. But one thing is clear: today's decision now gives companies planning security. They tackle the new challenges and will work with all their might to implement Euro 7," Müller said.

    Better air quality through first-time regulation of brake dust and tire wear

    With the Euro 7 standard, brake dust and tire wear will now be regulated for the first time. The VDA agreed to this regulation and supported it from the beginning. Müller said: "Nowadays brake emissions can exceed the exhaust emissions of modern combustion engines - thus the Euro 7 potential is correspondingly great. Regulating brake dust and tire wear is a good step towards better air quality."

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