European Tyre Industry Embraces Euro 7 Regulation

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European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA)
Published on
December 19, 2023

The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) has expressed its support for the recent agreement between the European Parliament and Member States on the Euro 7 Regulation for motor vehicles. This regulation marks a significant step in the EU's commitment to cleaner mobility, as it introduces a framework for limiting tyre abrasion for the first time.

Adam McCarthy, the ETRMA Secretary General, applauded the provisional Euro 7 agreement, stating, “The European tyre industry is now at the forefront of cleaner mobility.” The ETRMA's commitment to developing robust and workable tyre abrasion test methods for all tyre classes underscores its dedication to this initiative.

The Euro 7 Regulation is a key component in aligning European standards with the global efforts led by the UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29). These efforts focus on establishing international rules for test methods and limits concerning tyre abrasion. The European tyre industry is set to make substantial investments in 2024 to conduct a market assessment. This assessment will play a crucial role in supporting the development of regulatory abrasion limits.

McCarthy emphasiSed the dual benefits of the Euro 7 regulation, highlighting its role in managing tyre and road wear particles while boosting the competitiveness of the European tyre industry. He added, “The Euro 7 regulation will drive the competitiveness of the European tyre industry.”

The industry is now moving swiftly to conclude activities within the UN framework to establish tyre abrasion limits as soon as possible. This step is essential for materializing the sustainability and competitiveness gains envisaged by the Euro 7 Regulation.

The Euro 7 Regulation represents a paradigm shift in automotive regulations, adding tyre abrasion as the fourth tyre characteristic to be regulated, alongside rolling resistance, wet grip, and external rolling noise. This move is seen as a major advancement in the EU’s commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation.

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