27 Sep 18

Traffic NOx emissions go down 50% by 2025

According to the Belgian car manufacturing association FEBIAC, NOx emissions in Belgian car traffic will amount to 24,000 tonnes, less than half of today's emissions. What's more, this number can be achieved earlier if a number of conditions FEBIAC puts forward are met.

As local elections in Belgium are approaching, clean air is a theme that is high on the agenda. A recent report indicates air quality is improving steadily but NOx emissions remain worrisome. According to a report of the European environmental agency EEA, almost a quarter of NOx is attributable to car traffic. A further reduction in NOx emissions is a priority for the coming years, affirms FEBIAC.

"Vehicle technology has improved considerably, also for diesel vehicles," said Luc Bontemps, managing director, FEBIAC. "The potential for low emission vehicles such as electric cars, the growing popularity of two-wheelers, shared mobility and other alternatives will help improve air quality. The car industry is taking its responsibility."

Today, car traffic is responsible for the emission of 44,329 tonnes of NOx in the air or 23% of all NOx emissions. By 2025, this number will have dropped to 20,000. FEBIAC claims this drop could be even stronger by following these policy proposals:

  • Greener car taxation in all parts of the country
  • A continuing fiscal advantage for users of low emission vehicles
  • Scrappage incentives for older diesel vehicles
  • Smart mileage taxation to make people think twice before taking their car
  • Investing in better connections between car, motorbike and bike and public transport (co-mobility)
  • Measures for smoother and cleaner traffic, e.g. better synchronisation of traffic lights and using mobility data
  • Building an extensive charging station network
  • Building car sharing systems that use latest-generation vehicles
Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck