A draft law to reduce emissions from non-road engines as part of the EU’s efforts to clean up the air has been published.
Non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) covers everything used off the road such as lawn mowers, chain saws, bulldozers and diesel locomotives.
The new proposal provides for “more stringent” emission limit values for internal combustion engines installed in NRMM, with the aim of progressively cutting emissions from new engines brought to market and replacing old, more polluting ones over time.
Mostly powered by diesel, they emit the same kind of pollutants as diesel car engines which can affect people’s health as well as damage the environment. According to the Commission, NRMM is responsible for around 15% of nitrogen oxide emissions and 5% of particulate matter
Ferdinando Nelli Feroci, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship said: “Our proposal will lead to a very significant reduction of air pollution emissions and hence protect the health of European citizens. Good for business and good for the environment.”