Europe’s New Diesel Emissions Controls

Stringent emission controls on diesel have been in place in the US since the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act was put in place in 2005. But did you know they’ve been in place even longer in Europe? Diesel emissions controls have been on the rise in European countries ever since 1992.

Diesel in Europe

When it comes to diesel emissions controls, they really don’t get any tougher than those in Europe. Yet, as tough as they already are, they’re only going to get tougher. Plans are already in place to tighten restrictions for on-road vehicles, non-road vehicles, and even marine vessels. For any worldwide and/or European manufacturer, these new rules and regulations are of paramount importance. Or should we say that understanding the new rules is of importance.

Technologies in diesel efficiency and emissions controls have increased significantly over the past two decades. In some ways, these technological advancements have come as a necessity in order to answer the demands being placed on diesel-powered vehicles. But in another way, restrictions have increased because of the capabilities made possible by the advancing technologies in diesel engines and fuel additives. It turns out to be one of those chicken-or-the-egg things, and determining which came first could be a difficult matter to pin down.

Either way, the reality is simple: restrictions on diesel aren’t going to loosen. So for all those involved in the diesel industry, as well as all those involved in any way with vehicles powered by diesel, have the need to remain apprised of any changes and additions in regulatory measures. That’s why for the past eleven years Integer and AdBlue® have held their annual summit and forum to address matters related to diesel emissions restrictions. This year’s summit will be held in Brussels, Belgium from June 16ththrough 18th. The summit will discuss the industry’s future challenges and the progress it has made and continues to make.

AdBlue itself is a Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). DEF is used in Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems for the after-treatment of exhaust gases. DEF, therefore, is one of the primary components used to maintain compliance with restrictions on diesel emissions. With a SCR systems and DEF, a diesel engine emits much cleaner exhaust.  Due to the heavy regulations implemented over the last two decades, DEF has become increasingly important and valuable to those running diesel-powered vehicles. Now, with regulations on the rise again in Europe, one can only imagine how precious a commodity DEF will continue to be, and how much it might be discuss at the upcoming summit.

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