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December - January 2023

ETRMA supports a holistic approach to tackling road transport emissions in response to Euro 7 proposal

Editorial Staff

The European Commission's proposed regulation includes standards to cover particles from brakes and tyres
The European Commission has published the Euro 7 regulation proposal for road vehicles. For the first time, it aims to extend emission rules from exhaust emissions to cover particles from brakes and tyres. The whole package is an important element of the EU’s Green Deal ambitions to achieve climate neutrality and improve air quality.

The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturing Association (ETRMA) fully supports the EU’s goal of delivering cleaner mobility, which underpins the Euro 7 legislative proposal, and is committed to achieving technically robust and workable tyre abrasion standards. Fazilet Cinaralp, ETRMA’s Secretary General said: “It is essential that a UN- validated test method is developed before tyre abrasion limits can be defined. Ensuring coordination between UN and EU regulations is therefore crucial. We will continue to provide feedback to these international Institutions”. ETRMA also highlighted the importance of adopting a holistic approach to deliver on the EC’s ambitious objectives. “In addition to tyre design, many other factors are important to tackling tyre abrasion, including road surface and layout, weather, driver behaviour, and vehicle characteristics, particularly the impact of electric vehicles,” Cinaralp added. In this perspective, the tyre industry continues to support multi-stakeholder efforts to achieve science-based solutions to address Tyre and Road Wear Particles (TRWP) through the European TRWP Platform (TRWP/Link).

The EU tyre industry has been working on mitigation solutions to tyre abrasion, including the definition of a reliable, replicable and representative test method, since 2018. This work is now publicly available (Link to UNECE TF TA Session 1/10 March 2022) to support the further development of the regulation.

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