STIHL... A Breath of Fresh Air
STIHL takes environmental impact very seriously
The emission levels produced by all STIHL engines not only meet the limits required by law, they are significantly below the target limit. To meet the stringent EU and US exhaust emission standards, STIHL has invested more than €500 million in engine development over the past 10 years. During this time period new and sophisticated engine technologies were developed to significantly reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of our power equipment.
STIHL Germany and our US plant in Virginia Beach have been subjected to a selective enforcement audit (SEA) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All of the engines that were tested were below the required limits and easily passed their tests.
STIHL products perform as well in the field as they do in laboratory tests. In other words, our engines produce the same exhaust emissions on the test bench as they do in practical operation.
Testing in Europe is equally strenuous and STIHL outperforms competitors there as well. For example, the DUH (Deutsche Umwelthilfe) survey shows that the exhaust emissions of some manufacturers were often times higher than the prescribed limits. In these tests, however, STIHL products were again well within the exhaust emission limits.
It goes without saying that STIHL absolutely rejects the use of "Defeat devices" and "Cycle beating" software. Defeat devices are programs or any apparatus which cause emissions related parameters to be disabled, bypassed or modified. Cycle beating software detects test cycles and employs special engine mapping to comply with emissions limits. These types of technologies not only harm the environment, they significantly contribute to a loss of confidence in modern emissions reducing technologies and need to be strenuously policed and penalties enforced.
The foundation of STIHL's success is built upon the need to improve. STIHL is committed to investing capital in new technologies to not only improve performance but create products that reduce our carbon foot print and offer our customers a better choice for years to come.