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Need for stricter vehicle emission standards

Later this year, the European Commission will finalise the next iteration of EU road vehicle emission standards, known as Euro 7 for cars and vans, and Euro VII for trucks and buses.

Studies by the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT) show that the introduction of Euro 7/VII standards will prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths equivalent to avoiding hundreds of thousands of years of life lost, by employing technologies that already exist, and which will increase the cost of new cars by less than 2 per cent and the cost of new trucks by less than 5 per cent. But the automobile industry claims that the proposed standards are unnecessary, infeasible, and costly.

Source: ICCT, 25 June 2021. Link:


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