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Brussels, 30 March 2009
The Directive requires that energy and environmental impacts linked to the operation of vehicles over their whole lifetime are taken into account in purchase decisions. These lifetime impacts of vehicles shall include at least energy consumption, CO2 emissions and emissions of the regulated pollutants of NOx (nitrogen oxide), NMHC (non-methane hydrocarbons) and particulate matter. Purchasers may also consider other environmental impacts.
Taking into account these "external" costs in vehicle purchase decisions will contribute to the environment, climate and energy policies of the Community by reducing energy consumption, CO2 and pollutant emissions.
Two options are offered to meet the requirements: setting technical specifications for energy and environmental performance, or including energy and environmental impacts as award criteria in the purchasing procedure.
If the impacts are monetised for inclusion in the purchasing decision, common rules shall be followed, as defined in the Directive, for calculating the lifetime costs linked to the operation of vehicles.
To facilitate the implementation process, the Commission has launched today an internet site on clean and energy efficient vehicles. It includes a legislation guide, a lifetime calculator, information on joint procurement and references to Community funded projects in the field.
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