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Eight EU Nations Push Back on New Car Exhaust Pollution Rules

  • France, Italy lead calls to postpone Euro 7 emission rules
  • Push comes amid signs of fatigue on aspects of EU green deal

Eight European Union nations called for the bloc to scrap new pollution limits for car tailpipes as they distract from the goal of effectively banning new combustion engine vehicles after 2035, the latest sign of push back against environmental regulation.

The nations — including France and Italy — said they oppose new exhaust emission rules under the so-called Euro 7 as they could divert crucial investments needed for decarbonizing the sector, according to a non-paper seen by Bloomberg. Rules for heavy duty vehicles are too strict, while the overall start-date should be delayed, they added.