Technology and Research

15.11.2018
On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) announced its intention to withdraw from the Union in accordance with Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (EU). This means that all EU primary and secondary legislation will cease to apply to the UK from 30 March 2019 (hard brexit) unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date (soft brexit). The United Kingdom will become a third country when it leaves the EU. With a hard brexit, the UK type-approval authority (TAA) would also lose the powers and obligations of an EU TAA and thus all type approvals issued by a UK TAA (TA) would lose their validity.
21.09.2018
VDMA has set up the "Power-to-X for Applications" working group to deal even more intensively with the topic of P2X.
20.07.2018
The publication "With combustion engines into the future" shows combinations with and alternatives to the widespread and highly efficient combustion engines, explains their potential and thus makes a contribution to the proper evaluation of modern drive concepts.
The technical focal points of the Association’s work are defined by the steering committees. Issues such as emission legislation, EU directives, standardisation or classification requirements are assigned to the operational working groups.
20.02.2018
The demands placed on the emission behaviour of mobile machinery have increased significantly in recent years.
Does your engine or engine system communicate wirelessly with the driver's cab or a control centre? Then you may now be affected by the Radio Equipment Directive. This means that the Declaration of Conformity procedure will involve a considerable amount of extra work.

Legislation

15.11.2018
On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) announced its intention to withdraw from the Union in accordance with Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (EU). This means that all EU primary and secondary legislation will cease to apply to the UK from 30 March 2019 (hard brexit) unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date (soft brexit). The United Kingdom will become a third country when it leaves the EU. With a hard brexit, the UK type-approval authority (TAA) would also lose the powers and obligations of an EU TAA and thus all type approvals issued by a UK TAA (TA) would lose their validity.
15.11.2018
The cabinet draft for the 44th BImSchV was adopted on 19.10.2018 by the German Bundestag with the votes of the coalition. The AfD, FDP and Greens voted against, the Die Linke abstained. There were no changes to the already known cabinet draft.
13.07.2018
Lead has been added to the REACH SVHC candidates list. This means that products are subject to new requirements with immediate effect.
There is uncertainty concerning the approval of engine-driven power stations and other combustion plants. In some cases, authorities, consultants and manufacturers of exhaust gas cleaning systems have been using draft versions of the upcoming Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control and limits expected in a new Federal Immission Control Act for approval purposes. The VDMA and German Federal Ministry for the Environment agree that this is not permissible.
22.05.2017
The new Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control are due to be adopted in the near future. However, key limits for combustion engine systems will be tightened in an upcoming Federal Immission Control Act. Here, you can find out more about the current status of the legislation and which engine systems are affected.
Does your engine or engine system communicate wirelessly with the driver's cab or a control centre? Then you may now be affected by the Radio Equipment Directive. This means that the Declaration of Conformity procedure will involve a considerable amount of extra work.
23.05.2017
The adoption of the EU best available technologies reference document for large combustion plants will introduce stricter limits. As well as more stringent limits for nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, there will now be regulations for other pollutants, too.
18.09.2017
The limits for large combustion plants in the EU are linked to the best available technology (BAT). The Official Journal of the EU has now published an implementation decision envisaging a tightening of the limits that the Member States are required to implement in national law by 2021.
Germany has made a suggestion to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) about the reclassification of sulphur dioxide in accordance with the Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP Regulation). This may have an effect on European and national law, as well as on limit values.
08.02.2018
Large combustion plants: Poland and the European Association for Coal and Lignite (EURACOAL) take legal action against the European Commission. Medium combustion plants: Transposition of EU directive into German law still pending.
15.05.2018
Around 18 months ago, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment resolved to regulate the material requirements for medium-sized combustion plants, as stipulated in the Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control, in a separate Federal Immission Control Act, therefore converting the requirements of the European MCPD (Medium Combustion Plant Directive) to national law. The draft bill has now finally been published, and the official hearing of the associations has started.
15.05.2018
The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection has published a new draft of the future emissions level China IV entitled “Emission control technical requirements of non-road mobile machinery and diesel engine”

Standardization

19.07.2018
There have been no uniform standards for natural gas in Europe to date. And seeing as gas was generally supplied through pipelines from Russia and has a reliably high methane number and low sulphur content, uniform standards have so far not been a requirement either.
17.12.2017
Work on important series of standards continued at the general assembly of the two ISO committees ISO/TC 70 "Internal combustion engines" and ISO/TC 70/SC 8 "Exhaust gas emission measurement".
13.06.2017
The revised standards for measurement procedures (ISO 8178-1) and test cycles (ISO 8178-4) are now available on the ISO website. However, work on the key ISO 8178 standards series continues. One key focus for the future is smoke measurements, which are becoming increasingly important in the shipping industry.
Dr. Tobias Ehrhard
Dr. Tobias Ehrhard
Technical and regulatory affairs
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