European exhaust gas emission standards

The European Commission is taking a comprehensive approach in continuously reducing pollutant emissions from passenger cars and commercial vehicles by introducing Europe-wide exhaust emission requirements and in bringing the limits for gasoline and diesel largely in line with each other.

For passenger vehicles, the Regulation (EG) 715/2007 prescribed mandatory compliance with emissions class Euro6 for vehicles newly registered from 2015 onward. This regulation was amended by the requirements for the new testing cycle WLTP and in real traffic (RDE), which come into effect in September 2017 and reinstated planning certainty for the automotive industry. The hazardous emissions of all vehicles on the testing stand has already been reduced by more than 90 percent since 1990. Significant reductions in real traffic are now being added.

For heavy commercial vehicles, the EuroVI emission standard has started to apply for the approval of new vehicles as of 31 December 2012, and as of 31 December 2013, it will also apply for the first-time registration of new vehicles.

With EuroVI, aggregate pollutant emissions, and especially nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions, from all commercial vehicles have been reduced by nearly 100 percent since 1990. For commercial vehicles, emissions in real traffic have already been reduced since introduction of the EuroVI emissions class.

As the VDIK and its members believe that the air quality can only be improved in a sustainable manner by quickly replacing older vehicles, the VDIK welcomes the federal government's incentive program for eco-friendly heavy commercial vehicles and urges for permanent funding for such incentive programs.