Urban Air Quality and traffic emissions: How EURO 6d and emission control technology will address the problem
- John Cooper, Director General of Fuels Europe
Representative European Commission:
- Hans Van Steen, Advisor on Renewables, Energy Efficiency, Research & Innovation at DG Energy
The air quality is a major challenge for many urban areas and the people living in them. Whereas this issue has been known about for a long time, the 2015 “Dieselgate” and its related findings on emission exceedances from diesel cars have accelerated actions to effectively deal with this important problem.
Regulators have taken strong measures to address the discrepancies between tested and real driving emissions. Moreover, the car industry together with the refining industry has worked very hard to improve the performance of the vehicles and the fuels to ensure that emission levels are compliant with the limits set by legislation.
In addition, the refining industry has conducted a number of studies on the performance of new EURO 6d (temp) diesel cars under Real Driving Emissions conditions and the impact of the emissions level on urban air quality over the 2020 to 2030 period.
FuelsEurope shared the results of the studies, answering questions about the ability for diesel cars to comply with regulated emissions levels and about other measures possibly needed to address the urban air quality challenge. Will low or zero emission vehicles address the problem? Is there a one solution fits all approach?