A fifteen-year programme of continually cleaning up exhaust emissions from motor vehicles will be discussed by EU ministers this week.
Members of the European Parliament will organize several votes on emissions issues.
Real driving emissions tests will be the first area of discussion, which started yesterday.
This resolution was prepared after the Volkswagen case and is aimed at pushing the European Commission for a more rapid implementation of real driving emissions control.
Today, the Members of the European Parliament will discuss and adopt new national caps on key air pollutants, including Sulphur dioxide, particulates and nitrogen oxides.
The Environment Committee draft says that the future national emission ceiling (NEC) directive should include caps on mercury (Hg) from 2020, as well as the proposed caps on sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOC), methane (CH4), ammonia (NH3), and particulate matter (up to PM2.5 micrometers) to be achieved by 2020 and 2030.
Yesterday, MEPs said they wanted the lower limits by the end of 2017, flying in the face of member governments and the motor industry. Car makers want a slow down in the proposed timetable.
The European Union’s industrial policy chief, Elzbieta Bienkowska, faces a clash with EU governments over car-emissions testing as the political stakes from Volkswagen Group’s cheating rise.
Bienkowska wants to give automakers less leeway than do many EU nations in a move to a tougher system of emission tests, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The new inspection regime, penciled in for September 2017, would gauge emissions of smog-causing nitrogen oxides under real driving conditions because of evidence that discharges on the road are 400 percent to 500 percent higher than in laboratories.