Air pollution from vehicles

  • Waste from Public Service Enterprises
  • Engine Technology and Fuels


Requirements and Criteria Type: 
  • Technical Specification (Requirement Specifications)

Main Objective: 

The main purpose is to reduce air pollution from vehicles.

Requirement Specification: 

The vehicles to be used in the contract shall at least satisfy the Euro V standard.

Minimum of X % of the collections in the contract shall be carried out by vehicles that at least satisfy the Euro VI standard’s emission requirements.

Vehicles with zero-emission technology satisfy the Euro requirement.

Documentation of the Requirement Specification: 

Completion of the enclosed table. 

Share of collections Example 40% Example 60%  100%
Number of vehicles Example 16 vehicles Example 24 vehicles Eks. 40 vehicles


Information about the Requirement Specification: 

By making reference to a technology-neutral standard, such as the Euro standard, a requirement is stipulated for the maximum air pollution that can be permitted, while allowing alternative solutions at the same time.

Heavy vehicles registered for the first time in Norway after 31 December 2013 must satisfy the Euro VI standard (see Regulation (EC) no. 595/2009 under “related links”). However, many suppliers of waste collection for the service industry have older vehicles in their fleets. It may therefore be advisable to set a minimum requirement for which Euro standard that may be offered in the contract. The contracting authority will obtain insight into what the market is capable of supplying through market research. Through supplier dialogue or by publishing the competition as a prior information notice, the contracting authority can receive useful suggestions and get information about what requirement the suppliers will be able to meet.

Engine technology with the Euro V standard was launched on the market in 2008. They have significantly higher emissions of NOx than the Euro VI vehicles, which were launched in 2013. Euro V vehicles have for their part lower emissions of NOx than the Euro IV vehicles (launched in 2005). In this requirements specification, we are focusing on minimising air pollution, and therefore we suggest that the service be carried out with at least the Euro V standard.

By doing market research, you can find out what can be offered among the suppliers that are relevant in your market and how ambitious you want to be with your requirements.

Euro requirements primarily regulate NOx and particle emissions, but not CO2 emissions. To date, there has not been any standardised measurement of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from heavy vehicles. The EU Commission has adopted a new regulation, which will establish a common framework for type approval of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption for heavy vehicles. The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is conducting a public hearing on this in 2018 (proposal to amend Section 3 of the Motor Vehicle Regulations to implement a new environmental regulation).

Useful to combine with

  • Emissions from the Fleet (Award criterion)
  • Climate and Emvironmental Reporting (Contract terms)


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Published: 26. Sep 2018, Last modified: 17. Oct 2019