European automobile industry contributes to COP21 climate discussions

Brussels, 26 November 2015 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) today issued its position on how to address the challenges of climate change ahead of the COP21 climate conference, which will be starting in Paris next week.

ACEA welcomes COP21 as a historic opportunity to establish a policy framework that allows Europe to drive down greenhouse gas emissions, while generating jobs and economic growth.

ACEA reaffirms the automobile industry’s commitment to further reducing CO2 emissions from both vehicles and production processes. “At the same time, it is obvious that a more ‘comprehensive’ approach is necessary to address all the aspects that affect emissions during the use phase of a vehicle,” Erik Jonnaert, ACEA Secretary General explained. Such an approach seeks to reduce CO2 emissions more effectively by drawing on a full spectrum of solutions, whether this relates to the vehicle itself, alternative powertrains, faster fleet renewal, intelligent transport systems (ITS), improving infrastructure, decarbonising fuels, or altering driver behaviour. The need for a comprehensive approach to further reduce CO2 emissions from road transport should be reflected in the EU’s implementation of the COP21 agreement.

ACEA expresses the hope that the outcome of the climate negotiations forms the basis of a new long-term and predictable policy framework. Policy makers should also ensure that the COP21 talks result in equivalent conditions for all major emitting economies and industrial sectors around the world, recommends ACEA.

Jonnaert: “Only a level playing field between countries, as well as industrial sectors, will allow the EU automotive industry to make the long-term investments that are necessary to tackle the climate change challenge.”

Notes for editors

ACEA’s position paper, ‘The COP21 Climate Conference’, can be found online at:

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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