On July 17, Regulation (EU) 2020/1040 to amend Regulation (EU) 2016/1628 on Stage V emissions from non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) was published on the Official Journal of the European Union. This final step of the legislative process confirms that the 12-months extension of certain transitional provisions is officially EU law and is applicable retroactively from July 1, 2020.
It was first announced on July 10 the European Parliament had adopted a text extending by 12 months the Stage V transition deadlines for certain categories of engines to be fitted in NRMM and tractors.
This amendment to the Stage V Regulation extends the June 30 and December 31, 2020 deadlines for the production and placing on the market of NRMM and tractors fitted with transition engines <56 kW (75.1 hp) and ≥130 kW (174.3 hp).
NRMM and tractors fitted with transition engines between 56 and 130 kW are not affected by this extension and retain the applicable 2021 deadlines. Therefore, the sector calls on the European Commission to continue to monitor the effect of COVID-19 on the industry and conduct a timely assessment of this impact regarding upcoming deadlines, submitting a new report to Parliament and undertaking new legislative actions as appropriate.
The European industry associations representing the NRMM sector, namely CECE, CEMA, EGMF, EUnited Municipal Equipment & Cleaning, Europgen and FEM, said in a joint statement they warmly welcome the positive conclusion of this extension process. This fundamental political success obtained by the united NRMM industry allows machinery manufacturers to avoid economic damage and unnecessary waste of raw materials and resources since the transition engines were already built in 2018 and would otherwise have to be scrapped.
Commenting on the initial vote to extend the deadlines, CEMA Secretary General Jérôme Bandry said, “The Parliament’s vote was vital to prevent further economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to our manufacturing industries and protect thousands of qualified jobs that depend on them.”
The amended legislation provides an important measure to mitigate some of the most significant disruptions in the sector caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and delivers long-awaited legal certainty on the most urgent deadlines of 2020. In response to a joint industry request in March, the European Commission tabled a proposal in June to postpone the June 30 and December 31, 2020 deadlines for the production and placing on the market of NRMM fitted with <56 kW and ≥130 kW transition engines.
Bandry continued, “Neutral from an environmental perspective, this measure will not soften the stringency of the European legislation. Instead, it will give our industry the necessary time to install transition engines, already acquired, in machines, place them on the market and be compliant with ever more demanding requirements. On the opposite, inaction would have led to unnecessary waste of raw materials and resources, in addition to the financial costs.”
The NRMM sector welcomed retroactive application of this legislative amendment, providing the necessary legal certainty to manufacturers. This was made necessary by the delayed decisions by the European Commission in presenting the legal proposal and a slight delay in the adoption phase.