Exit for EU flexible emission limits plan

MEPs side with governments to reject plan for averaging, banking, of mobile machinery emissions

EU governments and MEPs have joined forces to reject a novel proposal from the European Commission to allow mobile machinery manufacturers to meet new air pollution emission limits by "averaging and banking" emissions across product ranges. The scheme will now not feature in a planned directive introducing EU-wide emission limits on petrol engines in appliances such as lawnmowers and small generators.

In a first reading vote on the directive in Strasbourg yesterday, the European Parliament voted in favour of almost all elements of a compromise hammered out last week between its rapporteur MEP Bernd Lange and EU member state diplomats.

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