EDITORIAL: Emissions standards no effect on greenhouse

By: Chris Smith


Engine manufacturers are working on a number of fronts to improve engines to meet continually stringent global emissions standards, although

Engine manufacturers are working on a number of fronts to improve engines to meet continually stringent global emissions standards, although in a recent interview with ABC, a technical manager of one of the biggest players revealed the new emissions standards haven’t done much at all for the overall greenhouse effect.

"If we are talking about greenhouse, which is what people think about when we talk about emissions, then we have actually missed the mark with the emissions standard."

The industry insider says, "The interesting thing is that we have done a lot for those local emissions, but we haven’t done a damn thing for carbon dioxide".

"In fact, carbon dioxide emissions have remained pretty much the same all the way through," he claims.

Our insider says the global effect of these emissions standards is absolutely zilch.

In fact, he says, there is a very good argument to suggest that had we not tried to reduce the local emissions so much, we probably could have brought down fuel consumption.

"Fuel consumption is directly related to carbon dioxide levels, simple as that," he says.

And, therefore if we used less fuel, we would have less emissions.

However, he says the standards weren’t, and aren’t, in vain at all because we have cleaned up some of the high density smog filled cities around the world, at a local level.

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