Report – Joining forces to tackle the road transport CO2 challenge

Identifying the best possible response to the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions from road transport is a major priority for Europe. The automobile industry has been contributing towards driving down road transport CO2 emissions through massive investments in research and development. As a result, the average new car coming on to the road in 2021 will produce 42% less CO2 per kilometre than a new car bought in 2005. Yet, additional future CO2 emissions reductions require a more comprehensive approach.

The evolving policy framework should therefore look at all factors that can reduce CO2 emissions, including road infrastructure, alternative fuels, ITS technology and more environmentally-friendly driving techniques. In order to better understand how such technologies and approaches can deliver the greatest impact, ACEA brought a wide range of stakeholders together throughout 2015, to learn from their expertise and knowledge. This has led to over 50 stakeholders joining ACEA in launching the ‘Joining forces to tackle the road transport CO2 challenge’ initiative, including businesses, trade associations, research bodies and think tanks.

The findings of this stakeholder-driven process have now been summarised in this report. Its purpose is to identify the technologies and approaches that, according to the various stakeholders, can have the greatest impact on reducing CO2 emissions from cars and light commercial vehicles (by 2030) and to quantify the potential benefits for each. The report also aims to map out key policy changes necessary for such technologies or approaches to deliver their fullest CO2 emissions reduction potential.

This report aims to provide an overview of the views of a wide range of stakeholders. All the stakeholders involved share an interest and bring to the table expertise and legitimacy in their fields. Cooperation between these stakeholders can contribute to lowering the carbon footprint of cars and light commercial vehicles, as well as delivering substantial CO2 emissions reductions by 2030.


The views expressed in the report are a collection of those of the different stakeholders involved in the initiative. As such they do not represent the positions of ACEA or its members. In addition, each individual stakeholder may not support all views expressed in the report. All the stakeholders involved do however share a common interest – how to best reduce CO2 emissions – and all bring to the table expertise and legitimacy in their fields.


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