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Allow Independent Road-testing and Clean Air Lovers & Lobbyists organised the seminar "What role can Ecoscore play in EU car labelling?" with the aim to give a clear understanding of the Ecoscore and to start the debate on the elements to be taken into account in the EU Car Labelling Directive 2020.

The takeaways can be found hereunder. The presentations can be obtained via simple mail to [email protected]


9h00 Registration

9h30-9h35 Welcome address, Philippe Awouters, Coordinator Clean Air Lovers & Lobbyists

9h35-9h50 The Ecoscore, a good tool for environmental and fiscal policy – Wilfried Vandaele (NVA), Vice-president of Flemish Parliament

9h50-10-h20 Ecoscore calculation method in detail – Tobias Denys, Project Manager Ecoscore VITO

10h20-10h40 Use of Ecoscore in daily fleet management, Danny Baeten, Director Marketing and ICT Aquafin


11h00-11h20 The ADAC EcoTest: explanation and experiences; Guido Gielen, Technical Director FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile)

11h20-11h40 Reality versus labo: importance of taking into account the real emissions on the road: Nick Molden, CEO Emissions Analytics

11h40-12h00 Integrating CO2 and other pollutants in car labelling, Vicente Franco, Clean Air Unit, DG Environment

12h00-12h30 Questions from the room to the speakers

When it comes to buying a new car, health-friendly and eco-friendly criteria are increasingly important in making a choice. Consumers need however guidance to help them in this decision. Policy can assist by providing clearly defined standards and holistic concepts to achieve green goals. This leaves a need for instruments enabling consumers to reach well-founded buying decisions.

The showroom display of the EU car labelling from the year 2000 on gives a guidance to consumers of the CO2-emissions of cars. There is however the increasing gap between lab and real world figures, the importance of air pollutants that are not taken into account in the label and the relative nature of the label versus other cars in the same category. Not to speak about the increasing number of alternatively-fuelled cars. All this calls for a redefinition of the car label that would provide the necessary nudging of consumers towards clean cars

The European Commission undertook an evaluation of the 1999 Car Labelling Directive in 2016. About 30% of respondents to the EC questionnaire called for inclusion of information on air pollutant emissions on the label. In their 31 May 2017 Recommendation, the EC advises the Member states to consider whether to make information on air pollutants available to consumers with a view to raising awareness and enabling consumers to make an informed choice when purchasing a car. This as maximum values of real-driving emissions are available with the introduction of the WLTP and the real driving emission (RDE) test procedure.

With the Ecoscore, the Belgian Regions Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia developed a clear and comprehensive instrument to assess both the climate and the health impact of new cars. Factors taken into account are CO2, NOx, PM (particulate matter), CO, HC and noise. Such a label could be a comprehensive and clear base for fiscal policy and could also play a role in pan-European kilometer-based charging, thus incentivising cleaner mobility.


Date: Friday 15 December 9h30 – 12h30, registration as from 9h

Location: Vlaams Parlement, Visitor Entrance The Loketten,

Ijzerenkruisstraat 99, 1000 Brussel, Belgium

The seminar will be in English without simultaneous translation.

Registration: please register until 12 December by sending your first and last name, organisation and date of birth to [email protected] You will receive a confirmation email.

Clean Air Lovers & Lobbyists sensibilises about air quality issues, particularly in the automobile sector. We strive that (a tool similar to) the Ecoscore is taken into account for fiscal matters in Belgium. We favour EU harmonization and welcome other tools and possible methodology improvements. Hence this semin

The new AIR (Allow Independent Road-Testing) alliance is promoting the voluntary adoption of an independent on-road vehicle emissions test and rating system that will deliver immediate results in reducing the harmful effects of vehicle emissions on air quality and climate change in an accessible, transparent and accountable way.