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Dissatisfied by the decision taken by European Union ministers towards the end of September to lower the ambitions of the future Euro 7 anti-pollution standard, several European cities – including, not without great surprise, Paris – decided to submit a petition on Monday morning to the European Parliament to express their dissatisfaction. A vehement text which does not hesitate to use shocking phrases such as “permit to pollute and therefore to kill” or even “new public health scandal”. However, this did not prevent the text from passing a new stage making its acceptance a mere matter of days from now on.
Parliament validates the text submitted by the rotating presidency
Spain, which currently holds the rotating presidency, provided its revised version to the European Parliament. And there have been a few more changes since then. The text submitted by our Spanish neighbor provided for a postponement of the application of the Euro 7 standard from 2025 to 2027 for passenger cars and from 2027 to 2029 for heavy goods vehicles. In its latest variant, the bill suggests that the standard currently in force (Euro 6D-Full) will be effective until July 1, 2030 for passenger cars and exactly one year later for heavy goods vehicles. In other words, parliamentarians decided to water down the original text even further.
Just as the ministers wished, there is no question of lowering the maximum thresholds not to be exceeded, which would have been too costly according to many car manufacturers (this is in fact this unnecessary additional cost whereas they must electrify their range which allowed them to win their case). New features, this Euro 7 standard will bring some but very light ones. For example, from 2030 or 2031 (depending on the type of vehicle) manufacturers will have to monitor the emissions produced while driving by the tires of their vehicles as well as their abrasion rate. But, in reality, this Euro 7 standard should be much more lenient than expected. Confirmation once and for all, if all goes well, on November 1st.
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To sum up
Some European cities submitted a petition to the European Parliament at the beginning of the week to make known their disagreement regarding the now almost inevitable relaxation of the Euro 7 standard. The latest news should not please them either…
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