Berlin: Older construction machines must be retrofitted!

Berlin’s taking it seriously: The Berlin environmental zone has applied to all types of construction machinery since July 1, 2015. Many diesel-powered machines now have to be equipped with diesel particulate filters.

With regard to the sticker regulation and the resulting driving bans, construction machinery in the existing German environmental zones has not been affected to date. Berlin now wants to close this gap by applying environmental standards to almost all construction machinery when it comes to invitations to tender and the awarding of construction contracts by public contractors.

Many older construction machines do not meet the required exhaust emission regulations. Previously unchallenged, these have not been permitted to operate in Berlin as of July 1, 2015.

All machines with diesel engines in the power class from 19 kW to 50 kW are affected by the Berlin regulation (see table).

The scheme will be implemented in two stages in order to distribute the financial burden of the construction companies. The regulations for wheel loader types of all kinds, pumps, generators, compressors, concrete mixers and pumps as well as mortar machines already applied from July 1, 2015. A year later, on July 1, 2016, all types of excavators, dumpers, bulldozers and compaction machines were also affected.

Older machines must now be equipped with closed diesel particulate filters in order to remain in use. Financially and also with regard to the TRGS 554 guidelines, retrofitting with diesel particulate filters (DPF) is often the better alternative to purchasing a new machine.

Choosing the right diesel particulate filter is crucial for trouble-free and uninterrupted continuous operation with low operating costs and low maintenance intervals. PURItech is a competent and efficient partner with 20 years of experience in the successful retrofitting of construction machinery with reliable diesel particulate filters.

As of the current date, the federal states of Bremen, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg also intend to comply with the Berlin directive by 2015.

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