New emissions initiative set for 2016

A new initiative to help consumers, policy makers and vehicle manufacturers better understand the real-world emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from new cars is set for launch in early 2016.

Emissions Analytics plans to introduce the NOx accreditation initiative after fully considering input from its advisory board.

The NOx accreditation initiative will help buyers clearly identify the cars emitting the lowest quantities of harmful pollutants, allow manufacturers to demonstrate their vehicles’ clean credentials, and provide data to policymakers on progress in the drive to improve air quality. Working across the European Union, the scheme will measure the NOx performance of passenger cars in real-world driving conditions.

The accreditation scheme is intended to complement the forthcoming Real Driving Emissions regulations for new vehicle certification. It will help ensure that vehicles remain compliant when driven normally on roads, and thereby contribute towards real air quality improvements. Furthermore, it will give consumers a rating that allows the comparison of the relative performance of different cars.

To ensure the most effective and robust system, Emissions Analytics has brought together a group of experts to provide advice and guidance, review the test and rating methodology, monitor the regulatory context, and provide input into the wider development of the scheme.

The ratings will be published and publically available for all, including manufacturers, consumers, local and national governments, and fleet operators.