Manufacturers failing EU air pollution limits on diesel cars

15th September 2015


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Neil Bradley

Every major car manufacturer is selling diesel cars that fail to meet EU air pollution limits, according to data obtained by the environment coalition group, Transport & Environment.

In its latest urban air pollution report, Don't breathe here, T&E claims new EU diesel cars produce, on average, emissions about five times higher than allowed. It found that just three out of 23 vehicles tested on the road met the required standards.

Europe's exhaust emissions testing system is obsolete, says the report, allowing carmakers to use cheaper, less effective exhaust treatment systems in cars sold in Europe. By contrast, diesel cars sold in the US by the same manufacturers, where limits are tighter and tests are more rigorous, have better exhaust treatment systems and produce lower emissions.

Greg Archer, T&E's clean vehicles manager, said: "Every new diesel car should now be clean but just one in 10 actually is. This is the main cause of the air pollution crisis affecting cities. Carmakers sell clean diesels in the US, and testing should require manufacturers to sell them in Europe too."

The report suggests that diesel exhaust emissions from vehicles and machines are responsible for 500,000 premature deaths each year, 250,000 hospital admissions and 100 million lost working days, and cost the European economy more than €900 billion a year.

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