Session 71 | Geneva | 9-12 Jun 2015
Attendance

1. The Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE) held its seventy-first session from 9 to 12 June 2015, with Mr. C. Albus (Germany) as Chair and Mrs. R. Urdhwareshe (India) as Vice-Chair. Experts from the following countries participated in the work following Rule 1(a) of the Rules of Procedure of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) (TRANS/WP.29/690, as amended): Belgium; Canada; China; France; Germany; Hungary; India; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Norway; Poland; Republic of Korea (Korea); Romania; Russian Federation; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) as well as the United States of America. Experts from the European Commission (EC) also participated. Experts from the following non-governmental organizations took part in the session: Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); European Association of Automobile Suppliers (CLEPA/MEMA/JAPIA); European Federation for Transport and Environment (T&E); European Garage Equipment Association (EGEA); European Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (AEGPL); International Association for Natural Gas Vehicles (IANGV/NGV Global); International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association (IMMA); International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA); International Petroleum Industry Environment Conservation Association (IPIECA); Technical Committee of Petroleum Additive Manufacturers in Europe (CEFIC-ATC) and The Oil Companies European Organization for Environment, Health and Safety (CONCAWE).

2. The Chair introduced Mr. M. Gangonells as the new Secretary of GRPE after the conclusion of the staff selection process.

1. Adoption of the agenda

3. GRPE adopted the provisional agenda prepared for its seventy-first session (ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/10 and Add.1), as updated and consolidated in GRPE‑71-17-Rev.1, including the informal documents tabled for the session. GRPE noted GRPE-71-01, on the organization of GRPE Informal Working Group (IWG) meetings held during the week.

4. The informal documents distributed during the GRPE session are listed in Annex I. Annex II contains a list of the informal meetings held in conjunction with the GRPE session. Annex III lists GRPE IWGs, task forces and subgroups, giving details on their Chairs, secretaries and the end of their mandates.

GRPE-71-01 | Informal meetings in conjunction with the GRPE (proper) session: schedule and rooms
GRPE-71-17/Rev.1 | Updated provisional agenda for the 71st GRPE session
GRPE/2015/10 | Provisional agenda for the 71st GRPE session
GRPE/2015/10/Add.1 | Annotations to the provisional agenda for the 71st GRPE session

5. The secretariat introduced GRPE-71-10, announcing that the next GRPE session would take place on 12-15 January 2016 and recalling the corresponding deadline (19 October 2015) for the submission of official documents. These dates may be reconfirmed by WP.29 at its June 2015 session. The Chairs and Secretaries of IWGs were invited to approach the secretariat to define the calendar of meetings of IWGs for the January 2016 GRPE session.

GRPE-71-10 | General information from the secretariat for the 71st GRPE session
2. Report on the last session of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29)

6. The secretariat introduced GRPE-71-11 and reported on GRPE items discussed during the 165th session of the World Forum. For more details, see ECE/TRANS/WP.29/1114 and Corr.1. The Chair of GRPE underlined that some of the WP.29 topics are becoming more and more important to the group and he encouraged the experts to discuss these topics with their colleagues who attend WP.29 sessions so that better linkages are established.

GRPE-71-11 | Highlights of relevance to GRPE from the March 2015 session of WP.29
3. Light vehicles
3. (a) Regulations Nos. 68, 83, 101, and 103

7. The expert from EC introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/15 aimed at correcting the unit of measure of a road load coefficient used in the 05 and 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83.

8. GRPE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/15 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and the Administrative Committee of the 1958 Agreement (AC.1) for consideration and vote at their November 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 11 to 05 series of amendments and draft Supplement 6 to 06 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 83.

GRPE/2015/15 | Proposal for amendments to the 05 and 06 series of amendments to Regulation No. 83 Proposal to correct the unit of the road load coefficient b used in the formula for the calculation of the resistance to progress force.

9. The expert from EC introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/14 proposing to align the criteria for the selection of tyres in UN Regulation No. 101 with those listed in UN Regulation No. 83. The expert from OICA presented GRPE-71-18 amending ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/14 to adapt the requirements related to the reference to UN Regulation No. 83.

10. GRPE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/14 amended by GRPE-71-18 as reproduced in Annex IV of this report. GRPE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 6 to 01 series of amendments to UN Regulation No. 101.

GRPE-71-18 | Proposal to amend the draft text to align the tyre-selection criteria under UN R101 with UN R83
GRPE/2015/14 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 101 Proposal to align the tyre-selection criteria in the CO2 emissions/fuel consumption tests under UN R101 with those for pollutant emissions (UN R83).

11. The expert from Germany presented a report (GRPE-71-08) by the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt) of the study undertaken by Germany on the performance and the durability of replacement catalytic converters. On the basis of the findings of the study he explained that the performance of these converters was very variable and, therefore, UN Regulation No. 103 may need to be amended to limit these performance variations. He recommended keeping this issue under close surveillance and offered to prepare a proposal as early as possible (GRPE-71-09).

12. The expert from AECC stressed the importance of durability requirements for all replacement components and expressed his readiness to cooperate in this project.

13. The Chair of GRPE recalled the importance of this issue and the need for action. He invited all stakeholders to share their data and contribute to the process.

GRPE-71-08 | Final BASt report on replacement catalytic converters Study on the durability of replacement catalytic converters.
GRPE-71-09 | Letter of transmission for the final BASt report on replacement catalytic converters
3. (b) Global Technical Regulation No. 15

14. The Chair of the IWG on WLTP reported on the progress made by the group in Phase 1B of the development of UN GTR No. 15 (GRPE-71-24). He highlighted some key issues which were still under discussion such as the number of tests to confirm the declared value for CO2 which may require a political decision at the next GRPE session. He also highlighted the problems related to cross references to private standards in regulations.

15. The drafting manager of the IWG on WLTP introduced GRPE-71-25 and GRPE-71-26 containing all confirmed items for the time being on the amendments to UN GTR No. 15 as a result of the activities under Phase 1B.

16. The Chair of GRPE recalled the importance of harmonization and encouraged all Contracting Parties involved to find a compromise solution on remaining open issues such as the number of tests. The secretariat informed GRPE that a representative of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) may attend the June 2015 session of WP.29 to discuss their position on cross references to private standards in regulations. GRPE noted the intention of the IWG on WLTP to submit an official document proposing amendments to UN GTR No. 15, corresponding to the mandate of Phase 1B, at the next GRPE session after the meeting of the IWG in Tokyo in September 2015.

GRPE-71-24 | WLTP informal group status report
GRPE-71-25 | Working draft "Phase 1b" amended GTR No. 15 (WLTP) as of 26 May 2015 (clean version)
GRPE-71-26 | Working draft "Phase 1b" amended GTR No. 15 (WLTP) as of 26 May 2015 (marked up version)

17. The expert from Japan, one of the sponsors for the development of UN GTR No. 15, presented a draft proposal on the mandate for Phase 2 (GRPE-71-27), including provisions for durability, evaporative emissions and On-Board Diagnostic systems (OBD). The Chair of GRPE explained that some of the issues could be covered by another UN GTR.

18. GRPE endorsed the draft mandate for Phase 2 and suggested that the technical sponsors for the development of UN GTR No. 15 submit a request for authorization to WP.29 and the Executive Committee of the 1998 Agreement (AC.3) at their November 2015 sessions to start Phase 2 activities immediately after the conclusion of Phase 1B.

GRPE-71-27 | Request for Phase 2 mandate to amend GTR No. 15 (WLTP) Proposal to further develop GTR No. 15 with respect to system durability, evaporative emissions, and OBD requirements and to consider other items such as conformity of production, in-service conformity (in-use testing), crankcase emissions, emissions at idle, etc.

19. On behalf of the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, the expert from Japan presented GRPE-71-15 on the transposition of the UN GTR on WLTP into national legislation as a test procedure and on setting permissible exhaust emission limit levels for the next term.

GRPE-71-15 | International Harmonization of Exhaust Emissions Test Procedures for Passenger Vehicles (M1) and Light Trucks (N1) Presentation on Japanese plans for the integration of WLTP into national legislation.

20. The expert from EC explained the transposition process of the UN GTR on WLTP into the legislation of the European Union with the intention to replace in 2017 the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) with a new European Regulation (GRPE-71-19-Rev.1). He continued his presentation on possible solutions to transpose the UN GTR on WLTP into a new UN Regulation to be annexed to the 1958 Agreement taking into account that limit values are not harmonized yet and that the options in UN GTR No. 15 shall also be transposed. He pointed out a multi-level option as a first step towards full harmonization and as best solution to enable Europe and Japan to issue approvals according to the 1958 Agreement. He explained that level 2 would contain the most stringent limits from across all regions and would be subject to full mutual recognition, whereas levels 1a (with current UN Regulation No. 83 limits) and 1b (with other limits such as the Japanese ones) would be subject to optional acceptance by other Contracting Parties.

GRPE-71-19/Rev.1 | Transposition of GTR No. 15 (WLTP) into type-approval EU Regulations and UN Regulations

21. The expert from Japan stated the position of his country on the transposition of the UN GTR on WLTP into a new UN Regulation to be annexed to the 1958 Agreement (GRPE-71-02). He highlighted that it should be developed as a truly internationally harmonized regulation that reflects appropriately the results of the UN GTR discussions. He expressed the intention of his country to investigate possible solutions.

GRPE-71-02 | Japan’s Position on Drafting of a New UN Regulation for WLTP

22. The expert from OICA drew the attention to the difficulties to develop a harmonized UN Regulation taking into account the current level of harmonization in UN GTR No. 15. He insisted in the need to follow the road map.

23. The Chair of GRPE invited the group to review the multi-level solution introduced in GRPE-71-19-Rev.1 and to resume consideration at the next GRPE session in January 2016.

GRPE-71-19/Rev.1 | Transposition of GTR No. 15 (WLTP) into type-approval EU Regulations and UN Regulations

24. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the IWG on WLTP and noted the request of the group for a meeting room for one and a half days during the GRPE week in January 2016.

4. Heavy vehicles
4. (a) Regulations Nos. 49 and 132

25. The expert from OICA presented GRPE-71-05 and GRPE-71-06 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 49 on the verification of the measurement equipment linearity in line with UN Regulation No. 96 and on the monitoring of the fuel injection malfunction (On-Board Diagnostic systems) respectively.

26. The expert from EC expressed study reservations. GRPE agreed in principle with both proposals and requested the secretariat to distribute them with an official symbol at the next GRPE session.

GRPE-71-05 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 49 concerning linearity verification Proposal to align the requirements related to measurement equipment linearity verification in Regulation No. 49 with the provisions in Regulation No. 96.
GRPE-71-06 | Proposal for amendments to UN Regulation No. 49 concerning fuel injection malfunction monitoring Proposal to adapt the requirements related to fuel injection malfunction monitoring (OBD) to the current state of technology. The current requirements are kept as an option left to those manufacturers that have already agreed with their approval authority to implement a monitoring solution that differs from that specified in this proposal.

27. The secretariat introduced GRPE-71-07 on issues identified when producing Revision 7 of UN Regulation No. 49. The secretariat underlined that typo errors were already corrected and that the purpose of the document was to bring the attention of GRPE to the substantive issues on which the group might wish to take action.

28. The Chair of the IWG on Gaseous Fuelled Vehicles (GFV) stressed the need to discuss some of the issues identified by the secretariat in the IWG. The expert from EC volunteered to take the responsibility on the amendments to UN Regulation No. 49 on the basis of GRPE-71-07 and to coordinate with the corresponding IWGs when necessary.

29. The Chair of GRPE thanked the secretariat for their contribution and stressed the importance of correctness of the provisions. He explained that revised versions uploaded on the website should be in line with the legally binding texts which had been voted on by WP.29 and AC.1. GRPE agreed to resume the discussion at the next GRPE session on the basis of an informal document to be submitted by the expert from EC.

GRPE-71-07 | Issues identified in Revision 7 of UN Regulation No. 49 Summary from the GRPE secretariat's review of Revision 7 (all valid text up to and including Supplement 7 to the 05 series of amendment) to UN Regulation 49 proposing issues with the proposed text requiring attention.
4. (b) Global Technical Regulations Nos. 4, 5, and 10

30. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN GTR Nos. 4, 5 and 10.

5. Regulations Nos. 85, 115, and 133

31. The expert from the Russian Federation introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/11 proposing to clarify the determination of the net power when the disconnectable fan was disconnected or the progressive one was running at maximum slip during the test in UN Regulation No. 85.

32. The experts from Germany and Japan suggested to specify, in the proposal, a concrete calculation procedure to bring more clarity on how to determine the net power in these cases.

33. GRPE invited the experts from Germany and Japan to provide inputs to the Russian Federation and agreed to resume the discussion on this subject at the next GRPE session on the basis of an updated official document.

GRPE/2015/11 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 85 Proposal to clarify the determination of net power in cases where an additional fan or other method is used to maintain the temperature of the engine coolant within the prescribed range.

34. The expert from OICA presented ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/12 proposing amendments to UN Regulation No. 85 to avoid a duplicated correction of the measured engine power in case of self-correcting turbochargers.

35. GRPE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/12 and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.1 for consideration and vote at their November 2015 sessions as draft Supplement 7 to the original version of UN Regulation No. 85.

GRPE/2015/12 | Proposal for amendments to Regulation No. 85 Proposal to avoid a redundant correction of the measured engine power of supercharged and turbocharged engines fitted with a self-correcting system for ambient conditions such as temperature and altitude. The current correction factor may yield inaccurate results for such configurations.

36. The Chair of the IWG on GFV introduced GRPE-71-03 aimed at simplifying the communication model of approval in UN Regulation No. 115 to prevent the retrofit system manufacturer from knowing in advance the original CO2 emissions of all qualified vehicles.

37. GRPE agreed in principle with the proposal and requested the secretariat to distribute it with an official symbol at the next GRPE session.

GRPE-71-03 | Proposal for an amendment to UN Regulation No. 115 Proposal to simplify the communication model (template), especially with respect to retrofitted equipment.
6. Agricultural and forestry tractors, non-road mobile machinery
6. (a) Regulations Nos. 96 and 120

38. There were no proposals to amend UN Regulations Nos. 96 and 120.

6. (b) Global Technical Regulation No. 11

39. There were no proposals to amend UN GTR No. 11.

7. Particle Measurement Programme (PMP)

40. The Chair of the IWG on PMP presented a status report (GRPE-71-23) on the activities of the group. He explained the ongoing work on non-exhaust particle emissions as a result of brake wear and the interaction between tyre and road. He informed GRPE that the IWG would submit, once the study would be concluded, a final report on the main findings and conclusions to be used as basis for discussion at GRPE. He also reported on the ongoing considerations of the group on the measurement of Particle Number (PN) during the regeneration and the measurement of exhaust particle emissions with a size below twenty-three nanometre.

41. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the group and noted the request for a meeting room for half a day during the GRPE week in January 2016.

GRPE-71-23 | PMP informal group progress report
8. Gaseous Fuelled Vehicles (GFV)

42. The Chair of the IWG on GFV presented a status report (GRPE-71-28-Rev.1) on the activities of the group and, in particular, those related to the development of a new UN Regulation on the requirements for the type approval of retrofit systems intended to be installed on a heavy duty diesel vehicle to enable its operation either in diesel mode or in dual-fuel mode. He informed GRPE that the group intended to submit a first draft of the new UN Regulation at the next GRPE session in January 2016.

43. GRPE acknowledged the work progress made by the group and noted the request for a meeting room for half a day during the GRPE week in January 2016.

GRPE-71-28/Rev.1 | GFV informal group status report
9. Motorcycles and mopeds
9. (a) Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements (EPPR) for L-category vehicles

44. The Chair of the IWG on EPPR presented a status report (GRPE-71-22) on the activities of the group and, in particular, on the work progress made in the three priority subjects identified and selected for the first stage of work: a draft UN GTR on evaporative and crankcase emissions, a draft UN GTR on on-board diagnostics and an entire revision of UN GTR No. 2. He introduced a first draft of the new UN GTR on evaporative and crankcase emissions (GRPE-71-20) and highlighted some open issues under consideration such as reference fuels, reference to vehicle classes, list of acronyms and symbols, and ageing test procedure. He expressed the intention of the group to submit a proposal with an official symbol at the next GRPE session. He informed GRPE that the group also intended to submit a first draft of the new UN GTR on on-board diagnostics at the next GRPE session. He underlined the need to amend the existing mandate due to the limited time to complete all work. He requested an extension of the timeline until 2020 to be able to finish all topics within the current mandate going beyond the three priority subjects identified for the first stage of work (GRPE-71-21).

45. The expert from the United States of America noted the three different reference fuels and the maximum amount of ethanol to be set. The expert from IMMA recalled the priority agreed upon powered two wheelers, in particular two wheelers with petrol engines, to facilitate the coordination of work. He informed GRPE about some progress made on powered three wheelers. The Chair of GRPE stated that the issue of referencing vehicle classes defined in the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) and the Special Resolution No.1 (S.R.1), as well as the use of the terms “light vehicle” and “light duty vehicle”, needed to be further discussed at the next GRPE session in January 2016.

GRPE-71-20 | Draft GTR on motorcycle evaporative and crankcase emissions
GRPE-71-21 | EPPR informal group request to extend mandate time limit
GRPE-71-22 | EPPR informal group progress report

46. The expert from EC reminded GRPE of the survey conducted by the European Union as part of the Euro 5 impact study and encouraged all experts to take part in the survey (GRPE-71-14).

GRPE-71-14 | EC Stakeholder Consultation on Euro 5 Environmental Step for L-Category Vehicles Announcement and link to an EC survey seeking views on the impact of Regulation (EU) No 168/2013 with regard to benefits, costs and technical feasibility of the Euro 5 Environmental Step.

47. GRPE endorsed the draft amendment to the existing mandate of the IWG on EPPR to extend the timeline until 2020 for continuation and completion of the work. GRPE suggested the European Commission, as technical sponsor for these activities, to submit the corresponding request to WP.29 and AC.3 at their June 2015 sessions.

48. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the IWG on EPPR and noted the request for a meeting room for one day during the GRPE week in January 2016.

9. (b) Regulations Nos. 40 and 47

49. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN Regulations Nos. 40 and 47.

9. (c) Global Technical Regulation No. 2

50. GRPE did not receive any new proposal to amend UN GTR No. 2.

10. Electric Vehicles and the Environment (EVE)

51. The Chair of the IWG on EVE presented a status report (GRPE-71-29) on the ongoing activities on data and information gathering. He informed GRPE about the work progress made by the IWG in the following areas corresponding to Part A of the mandate: (i) method of stating energy consumption led by China, (ii) battery performance and durability provisions led by Canada and the United States of America, and (iii) determination of the power of electric vehicles led by Germany and the Republic of Korea. He expressed the intention of the group to present at the next GRPE session some conclusions on how to move forward after Part A. He drew the attention of GRPE to the possible overlap of work dealing with testing battery durability in the IWGs on EVE and WLTP.

52. GRPE underlined the need to ensure a proper coordination between EVE and WLTP IWGs to avoid duplication of work. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the IWG on EVE and noted the request for a meeting room for half a day during the GRPE week in January 2016.

GRPE-71-29 | EVE informal group status report
11. Vehicle Propulsion System Definitions (VPSD)

53. The Secretary of the IWG on VPSD introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/13 on a new draft Mutual Resolution (draft M.R.2) containing vehicle powertrain definitions. She presented GRPE-71-12 proposing amendments to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/13 following the latest discussions and conclusions of the group. She referred to GRPE-71-13-Rev.1 as a consolidated version to facilitate the understanding of the proposal.

54. The Chair of the IWG on GFV presented GRPE-71-31 proposing to add new paragraphs to ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/13 to define different internal combustion engine vehicles depending on the fuel storage system/s and the fuel/s used by the engine to operate. He highlighted that these definitions might not necessarily be aligned with those in the regulations and, therefore, the current definitions in the existing regulations should not immediately be aligned with those proposed in draft M.R.2 but should be progressively adjusted.

55. The Chair of the IWG on WLTP mentioned that his group might not be able to take into account all definitions proposed by the IWG on VPSD due to time critical circumstances.

56. The Chair of the IWG on VPSD clarified that the proposed definitions should be used as a basis for harmonization and that they probably matched with those in the UN GTR on WLTP.

57. The expert from OICA underlined the importance of the exercise to harmonize vehicle propulsion system definitions. He announced that further work would certainly be needed to clarify several issues such as how to define an internal combustion engine when it is not used for propulsion.

58. GRPE adopted ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/13 as amended by Annex V of this report. GRPE requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 and AC.3 for consideration at their November 2015 sessions as draft Mutual Resolution No. 2.

59. GRPE acknowledged the work performed by the IWG on VPSD and noted the conclusion of its activities. GRPE agreed that further amendments to the proposed M.R.2 would be proposed by the relevant IWGs.

GRPE-71-12 | Proposal to amend the draft Mutual Resolution on Vehicle Propulsion System Definitions Proposal to incorporate the latest outcomes of discussions within the VPSD working group.
GRPE-71-13/Rev.1 | Proposal for amendments to the draft Mutual Resolution (M.R.2) on Vehicle Powertrain Definitions Proposed revisions to the text of document GRPE/2015/13.
GRPE-71-31 | Proposal to amend the draft Mutual Resolution on Vehicle Propulsion System Definitions Changes to the draft resolution from the Gaseous-Fuelled Vehicles (GFV) Informal Group.
GRPE/2015/13 | Proposal for a new Mutual Resolution (M.R.2) containing Vehicle Powertrain Definitions Proposal for a set of uniform terms and definitions to promote consistency across powertrain-related regulations.
12. Fuel Quality (FQ)

60. The expert from OICA introduced ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/9 proposing amendments to the recommendations on market fuel quality in R.E.3. She presented
GRPE-71-04-Rev.1 clarifying that these recommendations would not impose any obligation to the Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement.

61. On behalf of IPIECA and CONCAWE, the expert from CONCAWE presented GRPE-71-16 with some remarks on the proposed amendments to the recommendations on market fuel quality. She expressed the opinion that these draft amendments were unnecessary since current recommendations were already sufficient to provide information on those fuel properties that had been implicated in irreversible changes in some types of vehicle emission control technologies. She underlined that R.E.3 was not suitable for this purpose. She referred to other forums devoted to fuels issues, such as the United Nations Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicle, as a more appropriate forum. She volunteered to discuss bilaterally with the industry some specific issues of the draft amendments.

62. The Contracting Parties to the 1958 Agreement endorsed ECE/TRANS/WP.29/GRPE/2015/9 as amended by Annex VI of this report and requested the secretariat to submit it to WP.29 for further consideration at its November 2015 session.

GRPE-71-04 | Amendment to the proposal for the market fuels annex to the Consolidated Resolution RE3 OICA proposal to amend document GRPE/2015/9 (which provides recommendations for the minimum quality of market fuels (i.e. gasoline and diesel) that should be introduced concurrently with corresponding emissions standards). This proposal clarifies that no Contracting Party would be obligated to accept any fuel that does not meet its local standards.
GRPE-71-16 | Position of IPIECA and CONCAWE on the draft market fuels annex to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles Letter expressing opposition to amending the current text of Annex 4 on fuel quality.
GRPE/2015/9 | Proposal for amendments to the Consolidated Resolution on the Construction of Vehicles (R.E.3) The objective of this document is to provide recommendations for the minimum quality of market fuels (i.e. gasoline and diesel) that should be introduced concurrently with the corresponding emissions standards. They complement the motor vehicle and NRMM pollutant emission standards that a country or a region may be considering to introduce.
13. International Whole Vehicle Type Approval (IWVTA)

63. GRPE noted the progress made by the IWG on IWVTA and its subgroups on draft Revision 3 to the 1958 Agreement and on draft UN Regulation No. 0. GRPE agreed to resume consideration of this subject at its next session.

14. Vehicle Interior Air Quality (VIAQ)

64. The Chair of the IWG on VIAQ reported on the first meeting of the group held prior to GRPE (GRPE-71-30). He provided some information on the organization and road map of the group as well as on the work to be done.

65. The expert from the Russian Federation stated that the work should not only focus on the interior air emissions generated from interior materials but also on the air pollutants entering the vehicle together with the intake air from outside.

66. GRPE considered the inclusion in the scope of interior air pollutants from the outside air as a possible extension of the mandate at a later stage. GRPE acknowledged the progress made by the IWG on VIAQ and noted the request for a meeting room for half a day during the GRPE week in January 2016.

GRPE-71-30 | VIAQ informal group status report
15. 1997 Agreement (Periodical Technical Inspections): Rule No. 1

67. GRPE did not receive any new proposal for amendments to Rule No. 1.

16. Exchange of information on emission requirements

68. The expert from the United States of America gave an oral report about new regulatory developments on emissions and greenhouse gases for heavy duty vehicles and their trailers taking place in his country. He proposed further detail for the next GRPE session.

17. Election of officers

69. In compliance with Rule 37 of the Rules of Procedures (TRANS/WP.29/690, Amends 1 and 2.) GRPE unanimously elected Mr. C. Albus (Germany) as Chair and Ms. R. Urdhwareshe (India) as Vice-Chair to GRPE for the sessions of GRPE in the year 2016.

18. Any other business

70. The experts from Belgium, France and Switzerland raised concerns about the fact that French interpretation was not available on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June 2015.

71. On behalf of GRPE, the Chair of GRPE paid tribute to Mr. I. Pollak (Hungary) and Mr. S. Davies (UK), who would no longer be attending GRPE sessions, and acknowledged their considerable contributions to the activities of GRPE.