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With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611

Based on a UK government investigation, it was revealed that diesel cars produce many times more health-damaging pollutants than the ones reported during laboratory tests. A study by the Department for Transport (DfT) was performed and a vast difference in n nitrogen oxide emissions measured in the laboratory and under normal driving conditions was detected. The DfT said that no vehicles outside the VW group with systems in place to deliberately rig emissions figures were found. Based on the same study, none of the 37 top-selling vehicles that were claimed to have met the previous Euro 5 limit of 180 mg/km, in place from 2009 until last year, stayed within that legal level when driven on the road.

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The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.


The sole responsibility for the content of this report lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EASME nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months

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