Next generation vehicle emission standards out

Commission publishes Euro 5 limits, proposes setting "clean vehicle" quotas for public authorities

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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