Emissions testing for petrol and diesel vehicles

RPS is working with industry to test emissions to ensure vehicles are meeting regulatory standards prior to the 2030 deadline.

Meeting net zero emissions

As part of their broader plan to achieve net zero emissions by the year 2050, in November 2020, the UK government made a clear directive to ban selling vehicles that are wholly powered by diesel or petrol by 2030 [see link].

With this in mind, it is important that car manufacturers, as well as councils and local authorities, ensure that emissions from vehicles, throughout the next decade, continue to meet designated exposure limits as outlined below.

Manufacturers and environmental authorities also need to ensure they carry out sufficient testing so that exhaust fumes aren’t expelling dangerous fumes and other matter which has the potential to cause harm and serious illness to workers.

Monitoring relevant emissions compounds

By monitoring the compounds below and working towards reduced emissions to the atmosphere, we can help make a significant step forward in achieving net zero.

Monitoring these compounds will help prevent smog, acid rain and broader air pollution which can have serious adverse effects on individuals health, and cause potentially life threatening conditions such as cancer and complications caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including increased susceptibility to Pneumonia.

  • Nitrogen oxide
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Particulate matter
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Elemental carbon
  • Aldehydes
  • Poly-aromatic hydrocarbons


Emissions from diesel engines can also affect the health of a wide variety of workers, including construction workers. The major source of emissions on a construction site is likely to be from generators and heavy vehicles like lorries or excavators. 

By working with these industries we can help to determine what emissions they are being exposed to and help ensure they are protected while at work.


How can we help?

Working to the highest standards, RPS carry's out analysis for the compounds listed in the Euro 6 emissions standards. This supports our clients to meet their targets for lower emissions. [see link]

RPS is uniquely positioned to design a fully integrated emissions monitoring and laboratory analysis service, which supports clients to understand, evaluate and manage occupational exposure to petrol and diesel fumes. Our service can be tailored in response to each client’s needs, to assist them to meet their (COSHH) regulatory requirements. The benefit of these combined services is the time and cost efficiencies you will gain, compliance with prescribed occupational exposure limits, control of the workplace environment and working methods, and staff education will help companies achieve the required level of workers’ protection.

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