The European commission issued formal proposals for next generation EU vehicle emission standards on Wednesday. The plan for "Euro 5" norms is backed by draft legislation requiring one-quarter of public spending on vehicles such as buses to be directed to "clean vehicles".
After being delayed for further consultation, the Euro 5 emission limits have ended up in line with a draft version issued by the commission in July (EED 18/07/05). The EU executive stressed that the new limits would reduce key pollutants in fine particle emmissions from vans by up to 90%. The new standards are expected to come into force in 2008.
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