The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee adopted on July 14 an amendment to EU rules on measuring emissions from light passenger and commercial cars (Euro 5 and Euro 6) with 55 votes to 14 and 11 abstentions. MEPs want to substantially reduce NOx emissions to address the serious problems caused by air pollution, the European Parliament said in a press release.


“Today’s outcome is based on a broad agreement between the political groups,” the Parliament’s rapporteur on the file, Dutch MEP Esther De Lange, said. “We have to be realistic about the discrepancy between emissions measured in laboratories and those measured in real-driving conditions by taking into account statistical and technical uncertainties linked to these measurements. At the same time, it’s important to show ambition by gradual lowering the value for the conformity factor through annual downward revisions, based on the scientific assessments of the Joint Research Centre,” De Lange added.


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