European Commission and Air Quality (6)

MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In response to the threat of fines your Environment advisor stated the Commission needed to take action to assist the roll-out of cleaner vehicles and support the development of new ultra-low emission technologies. Please provide more details on the specific actions you feel the Commission should take?


Answer for European Commission and Air Quality (6)

Answer for European Commission and Air Quality (6)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is widely accepted that the vehicle emission "Euro" standards agreed at EU level have not been effective at addressing NOx emissions and may have actually increased the proportion of primary NO2 emitted. Similarly, these standards have facilitated the rush to diesel, by adopting differential standards for diesel and petrol vehicles, which has resulted in 45 million more polluting cars across the continent.  These are key reasons why air quality has not improved and 21 EU member states do not meet the NO2 legal limits.

With Euro 6 and ultra low emission vehicles now anticipated to start undoing the damage of past policy choices, I expect additional resources to be made available through structural funds, Horizon 2020 and LIFE funding to support their accelerated roll-out across Europe, including in London. 

The Commission also has a critical role to play in ensuring that Euro 6 and its associated testing regime is effective so the mistakes of the past are not repeated.