What Are The EU Stage V Engine Exhaust Emission Regulations?
The EU Stage V engine exhaust emission regulations are the most stringent emission standards for engines used in non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) in the European Union. They were introduced in January 2019, replacing the previous Stage IV standards.
Stage V standards are based on the emission limits for particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) set for Tier 4 final engines used in agricultural and construction equipment in the United States. In the EU, the standards are also applied to engines used in generators, pumps, and compressors.
The main difference between Stage V and the previous Stage IV standards is the requirement for a particulate filter (PF) on all engines with a power output of 56 kW (75 hp) and above. The PF must be installed in the exhaust system of the engine and must be designed to reduce particulate matter (PM) emissions by at least 95%.
In addition to the particulate filter, other emission control technologies that may be used to meet the Stage V standards include selective catalytic reduction (SCR), lean NOx traps (LNT), and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR).
The Stage V standards are the most stringent emission standards for engines used in non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) in the European Union. They were introduced in January 2019, replacing the previous Stage IV standards.
Kobelco Machines Suspended
Sales of some Hino-powered Kobelco construction machinery in Europe have been temporarily suspended while the certifications for EU Stage V engine exhaust emissions are being investigated.
Of the 30 models affected, 27 are excavators and 3 are cranes. The three cranes are the CKE800G-3, CKE900G-3, and CKE1100G-3 lattice boom crawlers with the Hino J08E-YD diesel engine.
Existing Machines Unaffected
Machines already out in the field running these affected engines can continue operating, Kobelco said, as there are no issues with safety, quality or performance, including fuel consumption figures.
What The EU Emissions Regulations Could Mean For The Future Of Crane Use In New Zealand
In recent years, the European Union has been tightening its emissions regulations, and this could have an impact on the future of crane use and in particular Kobelco crawler cranes in New Zealand.
Currently, New Zealand does not have any emissions regulations for cranes, but if the EU emissions regulations become stricter, it is possible that New Zealand will have to follow suit. This could mean that crane operators in New Zealand will need to be more careful about the emissions their crane produces.
There are a few ways that crane operators can reduce emissions, such as using low-emitting diesel engines, or electric cranes. If the EU emissions regulations become stricter, it is likely that more crane operators in New Zealand will switch to using low-emitting engines or electric cranes.
The EU emissions regulations could also have an impact on the price of cranes in New Zealand. If the regulations become stricter, it is possible that the price of cranes will increase, as manufacturers will need to invest in new technology to meet the stricter standards.
Overall, the EU emissions regulations could have a significant impact on the future of crane use in New Zealand. Crane operators will need to be more aware of emissions, and the price of cranes could increase.