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Clean diesel cars, a future in Paris?

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

The Diesel Technology Forum has issued a statement on the adoption of the energy transition law by Le Conseil de Paris, France.

Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director, Diesel Technology Forum said, “this week, government leaders in Paris have taken bold and decisive action to encourage a future transition to newer and cleaner technology, and that includes clean diesel. We are encouraged that the plan has been modified to take a more sensible approach that recognises the advancements that have occurred in clean diesel technology over time and the incredible popularity of diesel in France. The new generation of clean diesel technology will help the city of Paris, as well as all of France, meet its near term goals on improving air quality while maintaining progress to lower greenhouse gas emissions like CO2.”

Schaeffer also noted that diesel engines today are extremely popular in France and throughout Europe because of their economical and efficient operation, durability and driving performance, and favourable fuel prices for diesel over petrol. Diesel cars accounted for 64% of vehicles registrations in France as of the end of 2013, according to the French Car Manufactures association, CCFA. According to Dieseliste de France, nearly half of all cars on the road today in France are among the newer generation of cleaner diesel technology.

The plan

The energy transition plan sets forth a timetable to prohibit older commercial and service vehicles from operating in Paris as of July this year. Passenger cars are also affected as of July 2016, including both diesel and petrol. By 2017 – 2020, diesel cars made prior to 2011 will also be prohibited. The new generation of clean diesel cars achieves near zero emissions of oxides of nitrogen and particulate matter by utilising the most advanced engine technology, new emissions control systems including particulate filters, and selective catalytic reduction systems to achieve near zero levels of emissions.

Edited from press release by Claira Lloyd

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