Auto industry: European Parliament Euro 7 vote improves Commission proposal, but still falls short
Brussels, 12 October 2023 – The European Parliament’s key vote on Euro 7 pollutant standards better reflects industry’s concerns compared to the European Commission’s proposal, but further improvements are still needed, says the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).
“We have long been advocating for Euro 7 targets and testing conditions that do not make vehicles unaffordable nor jeopardise industry competitiveness – for little or no environmental benefit,” stated ACEA Director General, Sigrid de Vries. “The Environment Committee (ENVI) vote is an improvement over the Commission proposal, but still falls short in key aspects.”
De Vries: “We should not underestimate the huge progress made by European vehicle manufacturers in reducing pollutant emissions from road transport over the past years. It is simply incorrect to describe Euro 6/VI vehicles as ‘highly polluting’ as some stakeholders do. Euro 6/VI regulations have delivered and are continuing to do so.”
Indeed, between the first Euro standard and the first version of Euro 6, emissions were slashed by over 90%. Euro 7 will deliver marginal further benefits, but far greater air quality improvements would be achieved by replacing older vehicles on EU roads with highly efficient Euro 6/VI models, in parallel with the electrification transition.
Ahead of the plenary Parliament vote next month, ACEA calls on MEPs to vote for a sensible and proportionate Euro 7 regulation.
We have long been advocating for Euro 7 targets and testing conditions that do not make vehicles unaffordable nor jeopardise industry competitiveness – for little or no environmental benefit.
Notes for editors
- Euro 7 is a new regulatory proposal put forward by the European Commission last year to further reduce pollutant emissions from cars, vans, trucks and buses.
- For more information, read our set of fact sheets, ‘7 questions on Euro 7’: https://www.acea.auto/fact/fact-sheets-7-questions-on-euro-7/
- A series of short videos on the Euro 7 by CEOs/CTOs of vehicle manufacturers can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUPpGPqZ352audK6mf7S0XWQy-rGYyLeX
- The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 14 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco Group, JLR, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, and Volvo Group.
- Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/.
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About the EU automobile industry
- 12.9 million Europeans work in the automotive sector
- 8.3% of all manufacturing jobs in the EU
- €392.2 billion in tax revenue for European governments
- €101.9 billion trade surplus for the European Union
- Over 7% of EU GDP generated by the auto industry
- €59.1 billion in R&D spending annually, 31% of EU total