European Parliament agrees to delay stricter Euro 7 emissions regulations – report

The proposed ‘Euro 7’ emissions regulations can now be enacted across Europe from mid-2030 – not mid-2025 as originally planned – after backlash from car-makers and countries on the continent.

The implementation of Europe’s stricter new-car emissions regulations could come into effect from mid-2030 – five years after initially planned – after law-makers on the continent reportedly agreed to new terms for the tight environmental restrictions. 

Automotive News Europe reports the European Parliament has thrown its support behind a proposal to keep current emissions regulation targets – known as ‘Euro 6’ – in place until 30 June 2030.

The existing emissions standards were due to be superseded by tighter ‘Euro 7’ targets from 2025, though in recent years car makers and national governments have called for the restrictions to be watered down – including by representatives from Spain last month.

While the original regulations – which aim to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) and tailpipe particulate emissions from petrol and diesel vehicles by 35 per cent and 13 per cent compared to current levels, respectively – will still be in place, the proposed implementation date has been pushed back by five years.

Car makers on the continent had previously voiced their concerns about the implementation of Euro 7, claiming the stricter targets would impact their investments towards the development of electric cars.

German car giant Volkswagen had also called for the regulations to be pushed back to the northern hemisphere autumn (September to November) in 2026 at the earliest – with the revised date now coming almost four years after its proposal. 

Volkswagen has said the Euro 7 rules would make it very difficult to build small, petrol-powered city cars for an affordable price – given the extent of the emissions controls required for future vehicles.

Despite receiving majority support from the European Parliament, the Euro 7 regulations are yet to be enacted by the European Union – though it is expected to be a formality following the latest development.

The Euro 7 regulations will also limit the amount of particulate matter produced by tyres and brakes.

As previously reported, the European Union will all but ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035, as its regulations will require a 100 per cent reduction in tailpipe emissions – effectively leaving electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles as the only alternatives.

Traditional petrol and diesel engines will be allowed to use synthetic fuels in order to meet the stringent emission targets, however – as reported last month – the fossil fuel substitutes will need to be totally carbon-neutral in order to be approved by the European Union.

Because there are elements of synthetic fuel production which produce emissions – such as factories and transport – the industry says it cannot meet the carbon-neutral requirements, as it stands today.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach is Canberra/Ngunnawal born, currently residing in Brisbane/Turrbal. Joining the Drive team in 2022, Jordan has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. Jordan is a self-described iRacing addict and can be found on weekends either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or swearing at his ZH Fairlane.

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