Staff blog: Compliance and Enforcement

We recently finished collecting, cleaning up, and crunching the numbers from a real-world emissions measurement campaign in London using remote sensing. And we've updated the TRUE rating that categorizes vehicles based on NOx emissions to incorporate the additional data. Here are the highlights.
Even though targets for low- and zero-emission vehicles are an innovative approach for EU standards, they could undercut the climate benefit of the regulation. Fortunately, with some slight modifications EU regulators could effectively promote both fuel efficiency and electrification.
There has been a surprising surge in announcements by cities and national governments of future bans on certain types of vehicles. These bans are a signal of growing political will, impatience with the pace of progress towards decarbonizing the transport sector, and a complementary desire to speed the transition from fossil fuel vehicles to plug-in electrics.
As both U.S. and Canada work to improve their C&E programs, we applaud their team effort to tackle air quality challenges, encourage them to continue to strengthen this partnership, and hope to see more such regional collaborations around the globe whenever the circumstances allow. Because when it comes to emission control in the highly integrated North American vehicle market, two feds are better than one.
Even though Japan’s compliance and enforcement program is one of the most comprehensive, it could still be improved. Japan has an outsize influence on compliance and enforcement worldwide because it is home to major automotive manufacturers that sell their products worldwide. We should all hope that Japan's regulatory agencies keep playing tough, then, because that may translate into an outsize benefit to people’s health and the climate.
In September three MEPs convened a fruitful discussion on using remote sensing technology to measure pollutant emissions in vehicle exhaust in Europe’s cities.