Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM): The good, the bad and the dirty

Emissions from so called non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) are an important source of air pollutants especially in cities. Now, the EU Commission has made a proposal which is expected to replace a directive that is more than a decade old.

Our Clean Air partner T&E assessed the new regulation proposal for emissions from non-road mobile machinery (NRMM), which includes small spark ignition engines for gardening equipment, very large diesel engines for mining activities, and rail and inland water engines. It makes modest progress in covering a wider range of engines types and in tackling the issue of particulates emissions.

However, T&E finds that the proposal is likely to create market distortion and favour specific fuel/technologies that cannot be justified. It also has no requirement on existing engines to adopt retrofit equipment to have an earlier impact on air quality, resulting in an unacceptably long wait in light of the persistent air quality problems around Europe.