Singapore Tightens Truck Emissions Limits


Singapore plans to strengthen emissions limits for heavy-duty trucks running on petrol, indicating it expects to adopt the Euro V or Euro VI standard by 2017.

Emissions regulations have become one of the major drivers of engine lubricant performance in recent years, so meeting the new regulations may require better oils.

Officials said tighter standards are needed to fight a broader range of pollutants.

Currently, we only regulate the content of sulfur and lead in petrol and diesel vehicles, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan said. But we know that other parameters also affect vehicle emissions.For instance, benzene is carcinogenic, andthere are other elements like polyaromatics and olefins and other contaminants and pollution within petrol and diesel which also impact human health.

Singapore currently applies the Euro IV and Euro V standards to petrol- and diesel-powered trucks, respectively. Officials say the upgrade for petrol-powered trucks is part of a strategy of reducing emisions by 7 percent to 11 percent.

Euro vehicle emissions standards were developed by the European Union, which enacted the Euro IV, V and VI standards for diesel-powered heavy-duty vehicles and adopted Euro 4, 5 and 6 standards for light-duty gasoline-powered vehicles.

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