CO2 legislation must be balanced and fact-based, not politically-driven

Brussels, 25 April 2013 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) calls for a more realistic and balanced approach to CO2 emissions policy after yesterday’s vote by the European Parliament’s Environment (ENVI) Committee.

“Policy makers should not lose sight of the fact that Europe and its automobile industry play a leading role in the global challenge to reduce CO2 emissions,” stated Ivan Hodac, Secretary General of ACEA. Today Europe’s auto industry delivers vehicles with the highest environmental and safety standards in the world. Furthermore, the existing European CO2 emissions targets for 2015 and those proposed for 2020 are the most stringent worldwide, far more challenging than those in the US, China or Japan. Unfortunately, sales and jobs in the sector have been declining for over six years.

“This year has also got off to a worrying start, as our most recent new car registration figures show that the first quarter of 2013 is the worst first quarter on record,” went on Mr Hodac. “In this difficult economic context – and given the fact that the regulatory pressure in Europe is already far higher than in our major competitor regions – the outcome of the ENVI Committee vote sends a worrying signal for the future of the industry in Europe.”

The risk is of increased manufacturing costs in Europe, creating a competitive disadvantage for the region. In effect, the ENVI proposals would jeopardise the industry’s ability to retain its technological and environmental lead.” Amongst the issues of particular concern to the auto industry is the setting of long-term targets. “By setting unrealistic and politically-motivated long-term targets without a scientific basis, MEPs have taken a dangerous short-cut,” Mr Hodac concluded.

“They are also disregarding commitments made to the industry in the Commission’s CARS 2020 Action plan regarding ‘smarter regulation’ based on sound impact assessments.” ACEA also calls for more effective ‘super-credits’, which are incentives for investing in innovative clean technologies. Such incentive schemes are being used far more strongly in other world regions, such as USA, China and Japan. “Again, why should Europe operate in a vacuum?” questioned Hodac. ACEA urges member states and the European Parliament as a whole to adopt a more balanced and realistic approach to this issue which has huge implications for one of Europe’s most strategically important industries.


About ACEA

  • 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, cm@acea.auto, +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.
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