Chair of International Engineering Association Calls for Global Emissions Standardization
Hundreds of Millions Spent on Regional Regulations Compliance
Dan Nicholson, global powertrain chief for General Motors, is using his upcoming role as president of FISTIA, an international association of automotive engineers, to push for global emissions standardization, most critically between Europe and North America, according to Automotive News. The recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal has brought the subject to the forefront, as automakers go to sometimes extreme measures to meet the different emissions regulations in each region they sell a particular model. Nicholson claims “hundreds of millions” of dollars are spent each year making models compliant with the nuances of each region’s regulations.
Historically, Europe has focused primarily on CO2 emissions, primarily a measure of a vehicle’s fuel consumption, whereas U.S. regulators keep a closer eye on carbon monoxide (CO), NOx, and particulates. The U.S. EPA indirectly incentivizes decreased fuel consumption through corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) targets. Nicholson also said that with China about to implement new emissions standards, it was a fortuitous time to harmonize global regulations, potentially saving automakers millions by building to a single standard. Nicholson cited the “unprecedented” recent cooperation between the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the EPA in rationalizing federal and state standards as a model regulators could emulate elsewhere.
Source: Automotive News