Off-highway industry endorses tougher Stage V emission legislation


The off-highway industry has welcomed the introduction of tougher engine emission legislation and has collaboratively produced guidelines to clarify the new measures.

Represented by their respective trade associations, manufacturers from the construction equipment, agricultural machinery, garden equipment and material handling equipment sectors are supportive of the supplementing legislation to regulation (EU) 2016/1628 on Non-Road Mobile Machinery Stage V.

Stage V engine emission regulations will come into force from 2019.

Concerning emission limits and type approval procedures for engines installed for non-road mobile machinery, the three new measures – Delegated Regulation 2017/654, Delegated Regulation 2017/655 and Implementing Regulation 2017/656 – will see the emission limits toughened up, while also introducing particulate number limits.

With the publication of the supporting legislation, manufacturers are now fully aware of the technical details and ready to start the type approval process.

The trade associations CECE, CEMA, EGMF, EUnited Municipal Equipment, FEM; EUROMOT and EUROPGEN issued a joint statement that said, “The new Regulation sets an ambitious timeline and it will remain a challenge to re-design the hundreds of machinery types and applications in the given timeframe. However, our industries are committed to making these necessary adjustments and contributing to better air quality in Europe.”

In a bid to assist them in complying with the legislation, the trade associations have worked together to produce a list of answers to what they envisage will be frequently asked questions around the new rules.

The document is intended to provide answers to key questions that are likely to be asked by users of the regulations, focusing on relevant provisions and obligations for the machine manufacturer (OEM)), importers and distributors. Composed of 101 questions, 16 chapters and 48 pages covering important subjects such as the timetable of the regulation, marking and statement of conformity, replacement engines, exemptions, and market fuels, the document will be available on the website of the associations concerned.

April 21, 2017

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