EU: Dirty diesel era is now over

EU: Dirty diesel era is now over

Globally, a concerning matter is the combustion and spreading of bad emissions that pollute the (mainly) cities’ air, all urban environments and heavily affect world temperatures and the greenhouse phenomenon.

This modern problem has “spurred both technological innovation by the automotive industry and legislative action at the EU level to reduce both types of emissions. That means the era of dirty diesel is now over”, says.

The good news is that thanks to the innovative character of diesel technology, the improvements made so far are tremendous. Thus, present day diesel cars are cleaner than ever before.

Innovation and modernity in the sector was the aim both of the European Union and the UN’s, that have worked closely in the past years in order to secure the healthier quality of air we all breathe. Their co-operation resulted in “a new, more accurate laboratory conformity test called the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).”

As reported “Modern diesels that comply with the EU’s latest and strict Euro 6 emissions norm are a new generation of vehicles fitted with emissions control technology that converts up to 99% of combustion engine exhaust pollutants (HC, CO, NOx and particulates): compared to their predecessors, their impact on air quality is minimized and they help Europe achieve its sustainability targets.”.

A study that was published recently offers tangible hope for the Bloc’s future, based on recent data. Therefore, we can be certain that “Modern, clean, Euro 6-compliant diesel cars can provide the foundation to meet Europe’s climate targets, by mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from road transport”

What is Euro 6?

As explained on, Euro 6 is the sixth incarnation of the European Union directive to reduce harmful pollutants from vehicle exhausts. The Euro 6 standard was introduced in September 2015, and all mass-produced cars sold from this date need to meet these emissions requirements. The aim of Euro 6 is to reduce levels of harmful car and van exhaust emissions, both in petrol and diesel cars.

CO2 emission – EU citizens should be aware of the car type they purchase 

According to the European Commission, within the Bloc, road transport is responsible for about 20% of all CO2 emissions, with passenger cars and vans contributing about 15%.

The target fixed at Kyoto Protocol was an 8% reduction of emissions in all sectors of the economy compared to 1990 levels by 2008–12.

One very important European document is the Directive 1999/94/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 1999 relating to the availability of consumer information on fuel economy and CO2 emissions in respect of the marketing of new passenger cars. Its purpose is to ensure that this information relevant to cars for sale or lease in the Community is made available to consumers in order to enable them to make an informed choice.

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