Carmakers challenged on real world emissions

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is challenging carmakers including Volkswagen on real world emissions. It published its correspondence with Volkswagen today regarding the company’s use of ‘defeat devices’ during emissions […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) is challenging carmakers including Volkswagen on real world emissions.

It published its correspondence with Volkswagen today regarding the company’s use of ‘defeat devices’ during emissions tests and the impact on UK air quality.

It comes after representatives from Volkswagen UK appeared before the Committee last month to discuss the issue.

Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Chair of the EAC said the company agreed vehicle manufacturers have an ethical responsibility to ensure they meet air pollution standards.

He added: “However, the carmaker’s response to us shows that it has adopted a legalistic approach to emissions testing, rather than being committed to the spirit of pollution limits drawn up to protect human health.”

“Test limits were not introduced merely to ensure cars meet emissions limits in the laboratory but to protect the people living and working in our towns and cities.

“Today, I would like to publicly challenge VW and other car makers to make a commitment to their customers to produce cars whose average real world emissions actually reflect the figures they use in their advertising.”

In response to a letter sent by the EAC following the hearing, Paul Willis, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group UK added: “Volkswagen is absolutely committed to ensuring that its vehicles meet air pollution standards. As part of that commitment, we fully support the introduction of more representative NOx emissions standards.”

Earlier this month, EU Member States agreed to introduce real driving emissions tests for air pollutants following the Volkswagen scandal. The plans have however been rejected by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee.