A pan-EU initiative on real-world emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from new cars is to launch next year.
The NOxaccreditation initiative from specialist company Emissions Analytics will help buyers identify the cars emitting the lowest quantities of 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 and comes at a time when there is increasing focus on emissions and air quality, following vehicle certification irregularities and legal actions against European countries for air quality violations in cities.
Emissions Analytics said the accreditation scheme was 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,” the company said in a statement.
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.