Volkswagen Emissions Will Cause 1200 Early Deaths In Europe

Posted: Mar 3 2017, 1:40pm CST | by , Updated: Mar 7 2017, 8:43pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

 
Volkswagen Emissions Will Cause 1200 Early Deaths in Europe
Scientists at MIT and elsewhere report that the manufacturer’s emissions in excess of the test-stand limit value have had a significant effect on public health not just in Germany but across Europe. Credit: Getty Images
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Research shows that Volkswagen emissions will lead to 1200 premature deaths in Europe

The Emissions scandal made by Volkswagen was the highlight of 2016 in terms of cheating and environmental pollution. The company has been fined for billions of dollars for emissions fraud.

The largest car maker in Germany has actually been at the forefront of the biggest blunder in the history of the auto industry. The fuel emission scandal put the company in the public eye in the worst way and now Volkswagen is making all kinds of amends to make sure that it gets its reputation back. It doesn't look like it will be easy to achieve any time soon.

According to the recent data analysis by MIT researchers, it was seen that the company’s emission scandal has caused hundreds of grams of CO2 to be emitted into the environment. The emitted gases are really poisonous to humans, which could lead to many problems in the future.

According to the data, the emissions from around 11 million cars sold between 2008 and 2015 is enough to cause almost 1200 premature deaths alone in the European region in the coming future.

The pollutants that were emitted from these cars included nitric oxides, NOx and more which were measured to be four times more than the allowed limit in Europe. The company’s cars that caused this emission problem included brands like that of Audi, Skodam, VW itself and a few others.

The company has recalled all of these cars and have replaced the problematic equipment. However the recall is so big that it will take a lot of time to make it happen.

According to the environmental analysts, this problem will surely cause a lot of deaths over time and before their expected time which is pretty alarming. Overall, the researchers found that 1,200 premature deaths will occur as a result of Volkswagen's excess emissions that have already been released into the atmosphere between 2008 and 2015.

Of these, 500 early deaths will occur in Germany, followed by 160 in Poland, 84 in France, and 72 in the Czech Republic, with the remainder split among other European countries. The researchers performed the same analysis a second time, under a scenario in which Volkswagen fixes affected cars to meet regulatory standards by the end of 2017, generating no excess emissions starting in January 2018. Under this scenario, the company would avert 2,600 premature deaths, or 29,000 years of life lost.

"It seems unlikely that Volkswagen is the only company with issues with excess emissions," Barrett says. "We don't know if other manufacturers have these defeat devices, but there is already evidence that many other vehicles in practice emit more than the applicable test-stand limit value. So we're trying to do this for all diesel vehicles."

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