Stefan Pierer, president of ACEM (the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers), has warned the European Commission that time is running out if the industry globally is properly to prepare for Euro 5.
Pierer, who is CEO of the Austrian manufacturer KTM, said: “Our industry is committed to sustainability … and since 1999 our sector moved from the Euro 0 to the Euro 4 standard. Carbon monoxide emissions were reduced by 91%. Nitrogen oxide and carbon emissions considered together went down by 92%. Even more, this reduction in limit values took place at the same time that new and more stringent testing procedures were introduced in European legislation.
“In the coming months, we will start working on the implementation of the future Euro 5 environmental standard. However, manufacturing vehicles requires complex planning and we urgently need clarity from the European Commission regarding the technical content and implementation timeline of Euro 5.”
Pierer made his comments at ACEM’s 13th annual conference in Brussels on 24 January. The event, titled Sustainable motorcycling in Europe, attracted more than 250 attendees from all over Europe, representing businesses, representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, Member States, NGOs and other organisations. The discussions addressed the role of the motorcycle industry in the sustainability of transport in Europe.
A full report of the conference, attended by BDN, will appear in the March issue.