Fact sheets: 7 questions on Euro 7
Under Euro 7, the European Commission seeks to expand the current Euro 6/VI pollutant emissions standards. But what is the real-world impact of Euro 7 on the environment, consumers, industrial competitiveness, and beyond? Focusing on facts and data, in this series of fact sheets, the European auto industry asks 7 questions on Euro 7.
- Euro 7: Productive or counterproductive for the environment?
- Euro 7: Helping or hindering decarbonisation?
- Euro 7: Cheap or expensive?
- Euro 7: Easy or complicated?
- Euro 7: More or less stringent than other global standards?
- Euro 7: Realistic or unrealistic timings?
- Euro 7: Good or bad for industry competitiveness?
Fact sheet #1 – Euro 7: Productive or counterproductive for the environment?
Significant progress has been made in the EU on reducing air pollution from vehicles, under the current Euro 6/VI standards. Euro 7 is unlikely to make much more of an impact, and may even be counterproductive as it risks slowing down fleet renewal.
Fact sheet #2 – Euro 7: Helping or hindering decarbonisation?
All the auto industry’s investments are geared towards decarbonising road transport, which will enable us to reach climate neutrality and tackle air quality. The Euro 7 proposal risks making the green transition a more distant prospect.
Fact sheet #3 – Euro 7: Cheap or expensive?
The Euro 7 proposal is a complicated and costly reform. It will lead to higher prices for consumers and operators, who risk holding on to their older, more polluting vehicles for longer. This would be detrimental to the environment and disruptive for vehicle manufacturers.
Fact sheet #4 – Euro 7: Easy or complicated?
Rather than simply updating the Euro 6/VI regulations, the Euro 7 proposal is much more stringent for cars and vans, and it is a complete overhaul for trucks – entailing billions of euros of investment.
Fact sheet #5 – Euro 7: More or less stringent than other global standards?
The EU already has one of the most comprehensive and stringent approaches on pollutant emissions globally. State-of-the-art technology means that exhaust emissions are barely measurable.
Fact sheet #6 – Euro 7: Realistic or unrealistic timings?
The European auto industry needs proper lead time to develop and implement emission reduction technologies in new vehicles. In its current form, the Euro 7 proposal contains unrealistic timelines from an engineering point of view.
Fact sheet #7 – Euro 7: Good or bad for industry competitiveness?
Europe’s auto industry is a leading driver of EU economic growth. The Euro 7 proposal means that certain vehicle models and segments could no longer be produced in the EU, risking progress on the industry’s green transition.
Euro 6/VI – together with electrification – can already reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by a massive 80% by 2035 compared to 2020. In comparison, NOx would be reduced by a tiny 2 to 4% under Euro 7 while increasing the purchase price of a new car by €2,000.