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Public transport in Abu Dhabi to upgrade to cut emissions

A study reveals that capital transport contributes to a third of nitrogen oxide emissions.

A study reveals that capital transport contributes to a third of nitrogen oxide emissions.En

Reducing Emissions: Abu Dhabi’s Public Transport Upgrade

A report by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi reveals that modernizing public transport vehicles in the UAE capital could potentially slash harmful emissions by up to 90%. 

This study, conducted by air quality experts, compared emission standards for light-duty vehicles (LDVs) in the UAE, particularly Abu Dhabi taxis, with those in Europe.

Emission Disparities and Standards

The study found that the country’s current minimum standard for LDVs, which aligns with Euro 4 standards, is significantly outdated compared to European emission standards. 

Euro 4, phased out in European clean-air zones in 2005 due to its high air pollutant levels linked to respiratory issues, remains the benchmark in the UAE.

EU’s Stringent Guidelines: Euro 6 Class

The latest Euro 6 class of vehicles in the EU sets a stringent standard, capping nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions at 80mg per kilometer. 

This guideline highlights the considerable gap between the UAE’s emission standards and the advanced clean-air norms in Europe.

Transport Sector’s Contribution to Emissions

Meera Harara, an air quality expert at Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, emphasized that transportation accounts for approximately 34% of nitrogen oxide emissions and 17% of pollution in the capital. Taxis and buses play a significant role as major contributors within this sector.

Targeting LDVs for Emission Mitigation

The report’s primary focus was on LDVs due to their predominance in the vehicle fleet, signaling the potential impact of upgrading this segment on reducing harmful emissions in the capital.

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