High emissions from chainsaws and trimmers
Tests organised by the German environmentalist group Deutsche UmweltHilfe (DUH) show that 18 of the 24 tested chainsaws and trimmers significantly exceed the EU standards for emissions total of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides (HC+NOx).
In 2016, DUH tested machines from the German, Swedish and French markets. Of a total of 33 devices measured, only seven complied with the current limit values of the EU’s Non-Road Mobile Machinery Directive.
According to the DUH, the current lack of controls and sanctions by the responsible authorities mean that manufacturers and traders can bring products into circulation that do not comply with the legal limit values.