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Amendments to Euro 7

According to the draft agenda of upcoming Council meetings published in late June, the Spanish Presidency aims to reach a Council position on the Euro 7 vehicle emission standards at the Competitiveness Council on 25 September in Brussels. This would be the week after the Euro 7 vote in the Parliament’s Environment (ENVI) Committee. The Environment (ENVI) Committee of the European Parliament published amendments in July to the proposed Euro 7 regulation regarding type-approval of motor vehicles and engines and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles, with respect to their emissions and battery durability. The main topics of amendments are dates of entry into force which range from 1 July 2025 to 60 months, durability requirements, so-called CO₂-neutral fuels as well as definitions of real-driving conditions, and emission limits.

AECC has published a factsheet on Euro 7 in which they state that each Euro invested in Euro 7 results is equivalent to a reduction of 5 euros on healthcare and environment costs. Keeping Euro 6/VI is not sufficient as one fifth of the distance driven in Europe is not captured because the standard does not reflect real driving. With China and USA going ahead with more stringent standards than EURO 6, the EU could lose competitiveness. The additional cost to consumers would be in the range 104–251 euros compared to Euro 6d.


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