Brussels, 1 September 2015 – As of today, all new cars sold must meet the latest EU emissions legislation – Euro 6. To mark this occasion the automotive and motor trading industries are joining forces to launch www.cleandieseltech.eu.
The purpose of the online campaign is to raise awareness about clean diesel, which is made up of a three-part system that combines cleaner diesel fuel, advanced engines and effective emissions control technology. This campaign provides simple and accessible facts, figures and infographics to inform the general public and policy makers alike about the latest generation of diesel technology.
Since 1992, the EU has introduced increasingly stricter limits on vehicle emissions through a series of ‘Euro’ standards. The latest and most stringent of these standards is Euro 6. New car models have complied with Euro 6 since September 2014, and as of today all new cars sold must meet this standard. Over the last 15 years, nitrogen oxides (NOx) limits for diesel car engines have been reduced by 84%, and particulates (PM) by 90%. Diesel cars also have 15% lower CO2 emissions per kilometre than equivalent petrol-powered vehicles.
The campaign partners – the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC), the European Council for Motor Trades and Repairs (CECRA) and the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) – are calling for technology-neutral and results-oriented policy to ensure the uptake of the latest low-emission vehicles. With this support, they will continue to work together to ensure that modern diesel remains one of the key pillars in the portfolio of low CO2 technologies for delivering clean and affordable transport for future generations.