Auto industry reacts to Energy Union Package

Brussels, 25 February 2015 – Following today’s publication of the European Commission’s Energy Union proposal, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) re-stated its commitment to contributing its fair share towards lowering greenhouse gas emissions, namely through more fuel-efficient technology and continuing investments into alternative powertrains.

Europe’s cars, vans, trucks and buses currently meet the highest environmental standards in the world. “We now need a wider debate involving all stakeholders on a more balanced and effective system for further reducing CO2 emissions,” stated Erik Jonnaert, ACEA Secretary General. ACEA advocates a system that focuses on reducing overall CO2 emissions from all transport modes.

“For the automobile industry, this means we should not only focus on emissions from the vehicle itself, but also look at other factors influencing emissions during the use of the vehicle,”
Mr Jonnaert explained. “This includes the carbon content of fuels, driver behaviour, infrastructure and the age of the car fleet.”

ACEA’s members will continue to invest in alternative powertrains, including electric, hybrid, fuel-cell and natural gas-powered vehicles. Therefore ACEA welcomes the call for the swift deployment of alternative fuel re-charging infrastructure – essential for the roll-out of these alternative vehicles. ACEA also calls for the harmonisation of customer incentives across EU member states to support the market uptake of such vehicles.

Electrification is just one of a basket of alternative technological options that manufacturers are providing. Mr Jonnaert: “Technological neutrality, which has enabled manufacturers to develop a wide range of electric and non-electric alternatives and has encouraged innovation, must remain a key principle.”

ACEA also stresses that a ‘modal shift’ from road to non-road modes is not the right solution for decarbonising transport, as no one single transport mode is ‘per se’ more environmentally-friendly than others. This was highlighted recently by the European Environment Agency, which stated that “the environmental benefits of a large-scale modal shift are not precisely known and may differ considerably from that suggested by the existing average performance per mode, depending on a number of factors”. ACEA’s view is that different transport modes should complement, rather than compete with, each other.

About ACEA

  • The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, CNH Industrial, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault Group, Stellantis, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
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About the EU automobile industry

  • 14.6 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 6.7% of all EU jobs.
  • 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.7 million – are in the automotive sector.
  • Motor vehicles are responsible for €398.4 billion of tax revenue for governments across key European markets.
  • The automobile industry generates a trade surplus of €74 billion for the EU.
  • The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
  • Investing €62 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 33% of total EU spending.
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