New emission rules for German mobile machinery

The German cabinet has approved new legislation tightening standards for emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulates (PM) from non-road mobile machinery. Under the ordinance, which transposes an EU directive (EED 14/10/03), the tougher standards will be phased in between 2005 and 2014. They will apply to tractors, forestry equipment, construction machines, forklifts and locomotives. The environment ministry said NOx emissions from the non-road machinery fleet would be almost halved by 2015, while PM emissions would drop by more than half. The ordinance requires approval from the Bundesrat. See environment ministry press release.

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