Auto sector stresses importance of comprehensive, technology-neutral approach to transport emissions
Brussels, 24 October 2014 – Following last night’s agreement by the European Council on the 2030 Climate and Energy Policy package, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), welcomes the fact that the framework calls for a comprehensive and technology-neutral approach to transport-related emissions.
ACEA has long argued that a technologically-neutral approach is the most effective way of ensuring practical carbon-reduction technologies make it to the road, and that all transport modes must contribute equally to achieving the EU’s climate objectives.
In setting a target for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 40% by 2030 based on 1990 levels, the EU has set itself ambitious goals. ACEA appreciates that policy makers have chosen to emphasise cost-effectiveness in achieving its overall target, and stresses the need to balance environmental sustainability with competitiveness. Ensuring that Europe remains economically successful is the best way of guaranteeing that investment in climate-improving technologies continues.
Speaking after the agreement, ACEA Secretary General Erik Jonnaert said, “Europe’s cars, vans, trucks and buses currently have the highest environmental standards in the world. Our industry is committed to contributing its fair share towards lowering greenhouse gas emissions, namely through more fuel-efficient technology and continuing its investments into more alternative powertrains.
- The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 16 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers: BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler Truck, Ferrari, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Group, Stellantis, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.
- Visit www.acea.auto for more information about ACEA, and follow us on www.twitter.com/ACEA_auto or www.linkedin.com/company/ACEA/.
- Contact: Cara McLaughlin, Communications Director, email@example.com, +32 485 88 66 47.
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About the EU automobile industry
- 12.7 million Europeans work in the auto industry (directly and indirectly), accounting for 6.6% of all EU jobs.
- 11.5% of EU manufacturing jobs – some 3.5 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 €76.3 billion for the EU.
- The turnover generated by the auto industry represents more than 8% of the EU’s GDP.
- Investing €58.8 billion in R&D annually, the automotive sector is Europe’s largest private contributor to innovation, accounting for 32% of total EU spending.