Auto manufacturers caution against delays to real driving emissions roadmap

Brussels, 15 December 2015 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) takes note of the resolution on real driving emissions (RDE) voted on yesterday by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee.

This resolution opposes the adoption of the European Commission’s draft regulation on RDE, calling on the Commission to submit a new proposal by 1 April 2016 latest.

The member states had voted on RDE during a meeting with the European Commission’s regulatory committee (TCMV) in late October. “Member states voted to support a tough compromise text on RDE, with an ambitious timeline for implementation, especially when considering the product life-cycle in the automobile industry,” explained ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert.

“Despite this tremendous challenge, the industry urgently needs clarity so it can plan the development and design of vehicles in line with the new RDE requirements. If this legislation was to be delayed, the complete RDE roadmap would be put in jeopardy.”

Pollutant emission values resulting from testing conducted today are in line with the existing regulatory requirements. When the Euro 6 emissions limits were introduced in 2007, only the laboratory test was available. The purpose of the new RDE test is precisely to bridge the gap between the current laboratory emissions test, and the very different conditions experienced on the road.

 “A rejection of the member states’ decision by the European Parliament in January would increase uncertainty for the industry and leave little time to make the necessary changes to vehicles and assembly lines,” stated Jonnaert. “Ultimately, it would delay the benefits for the environment.”

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Notes for editors

ACEA represents the 15 Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel Group, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group. More information can be found on www.acea.be or @ACEA_eu.

For more information, please contact Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, cm@acea.be, +32 2 738 73 45 or +32 485 88 66 47.