Position paper – CountEmissionsEU Directive

The EU aims to establish a harmonised framework for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport services as envisaged in the CountEmissionsEU Directive proposal.

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) backs efforts to enhance emission accounting under CountEmissionsEU. Yet, we are concerned that inconsistencies with current methods and rules, insufficient involvement of member states and industry experts, and unfair comparisons with other transport modes may undermine the proposal’s good intentions.  

1. Fair comparison of GHG emissions from different transport modes 

To ensure fair and accurate greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) calculations under CountEmissionsEU, current limitations in official data and available statistics, especially for rail and water modes must be addressed.  

2. Consistency with existing methodologies and regulations  

The Directive must be coherent with the existing regulatory and reporting framework, such as the CO2 standards for heavy-duty vehicles or schemes like the Emission Trading System (ETS).  

3. Delegated and implementing acts: member state and industry expert involvement 

The proposal envisages handing significant authority to the European Commission through delegated and implementing acts. However, sufficient involvement of member states and industry experts is essential in ensuring that technical rules and specifications are effective. 

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) backs efforts to enhance emission accounting under CountEmissionsEU. Yet, we are concerned that inconsistencies with current methods and rules, insufficient involvement of member states and industry experts, and unfair comparisons with other transport modes may undermine the proposal’s good intentions.  

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