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Submission + - Paris, Madrid, and Brussels go to Top European Court for EU "License to Pollute" (

dkatana writes: Mayors of Paris, Brussels, and Madrid fight for cleaner air for their citizens.

In September 2016, right after Dieselgate, the EU Commission approved conformity factors for NOx emissions, granting the industry the right to legally exceed the 80 mg/km limit by up to 110%.

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and chair of C40 Cities, called the decision “License to Pollute”

From Cities of the Future:

"The European Court of Justice (ECJ)will hear arguments this week to determine whether three European cities can challenge vehicle emissions regulations set by the European Commission and agreed by national governments."

Barcelona, also a member of C40 Cities, declined to join the legal action fearing backlash from Seat, the Spanish branch of Volkswagen, which has its main factory just outside the city. Sean employs over 15,000 people in the area.

"Regulation 2016/646, introduced in the wake of the “Dieselgate” scandal, mandates the maximum acceptable NOx emissions from diesel-engine vehicles during real driving emissions (RDE) tests. Rather than enforcing the 80 mg/km NOx emission limits agreed by the European Parliament in 2007, the European Commission, under intense lobbying from the auto-manufacturing industry, granted manufacturers time to gradually adapt to the new RDE rules."

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