What is Stage V compliance?

Stage V (Regulation 2016/1628) is an emissions standard for Non-Road Mobile Machinery with spark / compression ignition engines. Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) includes equipment such as generators, lighting towers, pumps etc.

Introduced by the EU, Stage V aims to reduce emitted particulate matter, among other substances. The green initiative is looking to reduce harmful substances in the same way road vehicles do e.g. via particulate filters.

What is the difference between Stage V and previous EU emissions standards?

It’s an evolution of previous standards and requires controls, e.g. diesel particulate filters, to be applied to new NRMM. Stage V will limit carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons, as well as the mass of particulate matter (diesel soot) and number of particles emitted to the atmosphere.

Why is Stage V more environmentally friendly?

The changes will limit particulate matter produced by engines, reducing air pollution. This is important for the environment and our health.

What machines need to be Stage V compliant?

Engine driven NRMM. Machines for construction, agriculture, materials handling, and industrial use will have to comply.

The new standards came into force January 2019 for engines below 56kW and above 130kW. The standards will take effect a year later on January 1st 2020 for engines in the 56-129kW range.

Are there any exceptions to Stage V?

Some; such as motor vehicles, tractors, stationary machinery, and watercraft, but they usually have to comply with other Regulations or Directives.

NRMM original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have until 30th June 2020 to move from installing ‘transition’ engines to ‘Stage V’ engines. Machine manufacturers with an annual production of less than 100 units, and mobile crane manufacturers, are granted an extended transition period after the effective date of Stage V in which to comply.

How do I know a product is Stage V compliant?

For products supplied by Morris Site Machinery, simply look for the green and blue Stage V logo, featured at the top of the page. If you see it, you can be sure they meet the new emissions standards.

What Morris Site Machinery machines are Stage V compliant?

Our SMC TL90 Evolve lighting tower is already Stage V compliant, as are our Hilta Honda-engine pressure washers and water pumps. Our SMC SL80 and TL90 towers, ArcGen welders and ArcGen/Denyo generators will follow shortly after receipt of applicable Stage V engine stocks.

What are the Stage V deadlines for the EU market?

Engine Manufacturers

Below 56kW AND above 130kW

• The last non-transition engines had to be manufactured by the end of 2018 and placed on market* by the end of 2018.
• The last transition engines had to be manufactured by the end of 2018 and can be placed on market up to the end of 2020.
• Only Stage V engines can be manufactured from 1st January 2019.

Between 56kW and 130kW

>• The last non-transition engines have to be manufactured by the end of 2019 and can be placed on market up to the end of 2019.
• The last transition engines have to be manufactured by the end of 2019 and can be placed on market up to the end of 2021.
• Only Stage V engines can be manufactured from 1st January 2020.

OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers)

Below 56kW AND above 130kW

• The last non-transition engines had to be utilised into NRMM produced by the end of 2018 and those NRMM placed on the market by the end of 2018.
• The last transition engines have to be utilised into NRMM produced by the end of June 2020 and the NRMM placed on the market by the end of 2020.
• Stage V engines must be used in NRMM production from 1st July 2020.

Between 56kW and 130kW

• The last pre-transition engines have to be utilised into NRMM produced by the end of 2019 and those NRMM placed on the market by the end of 2019.
• The last transition engines have to be utilised into NRMM produced by the end of June 2021 and those NRMM placed on the market by the end of 2021.
• Stage V engines must be used in NRMM production from 1st July 2021.

On-sellers

So long as the engines and NRMM were placed on the market per the regulation dates detailed above (for engine manufacturers and OEM’s), there are no restrictions for on-sellers in the distribution chain.

Buyers (e.g. rental companies/end users)

Rental companies currently don’t have to worry about Stage V compliance - it’s the engine manufacturers and OEMs who bear the responsibility. Rental companies and end users can continue to purchase pre-stage V engine-driven equipment, so long as placed-on-market stocks last. This may change in the future if there are changes to existing legislation.

*‘Placed on the market’ definition: “the first making available on the [European] Union market of an engine or non-road mobile machinery” by either a manufacturer or an importer. An individual product must be physically available within the EU for distribution or use, AND at least offered for sale.