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Benefits Of The Euro 6 Emission Standard


- Cleaner air and reduced effects on global warming

- Increased efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions

- Exempt from London congestion charge

- Longer servicing gaps

What is the Euro 6 Standard?

Since knowledge increased around the oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter produced by vehicles it became clear that they were proving significantly harmful to people’s health. Because of this, the European Commission introduced the Euro emissions standards back in 1994.

The Euro 6 is the sixth incarnation of the European Union directive to reduce harmful pollutants from vehicle exhausts. It was introduced on 1st September 2015 and is the most recent Euro standard from the European Commission.

In the past, diesel vehicles were seen as a solution to helping the UK reduce CO2 emissions, however, concerns over the health-risks associated with diesel exhaust pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and particulates, have put them under even more scrutiny by Euro standards. There are also many concerns about how vehicle emissions are affecting the environment.

As a result, the Euro 6 standard's main aim is to reduce harmful exhaust emissions across all vehicles. So far, the 2015 standard is having a positive effect on emission levels. The following figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders highlight the extent to which the Euro 6 standard is helping to reduce harmful emissions:

  • Carbon monoxide (CO): petrol down 63%, diesel down 82% since 1993
  • Hydrocarbons (HC): petrol down 50% since 2001
  • Nitrogen oxide (NOx): down 84% since 2001
  • Particulate matter (PM): diesel down 96% since 1993

What are the benefits?

As well as reducing harmful emissions, the Euro 6 standard has many other benefits. Firstly, the standards set encourage vehicle manufacturers to create new technology which helps significant reductions in air pollution.

There are also benefits to larger, congested cities, as the standard is helping to establish Clean Air Zones in cities such as, Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham and Southampton by 2020 - whereby the government will aim to improve air quality across these cities with the minimal of impact on businesses based there. Similarly, changes are being made in Central London to enforce an Ultra-Low Emission Zone from 2020, seeing all vehicles entering the capital either having to meet exhaust emission standards or drivers having to pay a daily charge to continue their commute. This means drivers with vehicles which meet the Euro 6 standards would be exempt from the London congestion charge.

Vehicles which meet the Euro 6 standards have improved fuel efficiency as a direct result of the development of an exhaust purification system; Selective Catalytic Reduction. This is designed to function alongside the high-quality solution AdBlue Urea.

The new standards will also help to introduce new technology which is anticipated to see all affected vehicles experiencing longer servicing gaps.


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