CO2 proposal for light commercial vehicles must be modified

Hanover, 21/09/2010 - The legislative proposal for reducing CO2 emissions from light commercial vehicles, adopted by the European Commission in October 2009 and subject to approval by the European Parliament and Member States later this year, must become much more tailored to the specific vehicle segment and grant sufficient lead-time.

The European automobile industry is proceeding at full pace to reduce further CO2 emissions from its vehicles and needs a sound policy and legislative framework to support its efforts. The current proposal, however, does not address the particular features of the targeted vehicle segment. Transporters and vans are exclusively bought by commercial operators, whose purchase criteria are determined by their businesses. In many cases, fuel efficiency is already a main purchase factor and, hence, the vehicle market offers a competitive, efficient product range. In other cases, load factor, load volume or interior (re)fitting may be the dominant issue, with subsequent limited opportunity to change the vehicle specifications that most determine fuel efficiency.

The legislative proposal, in addition, does not ensure sufficient industrial lead-time and proposes an unfeasible 2020 limit value. Lead-time is essential to sustain investments and adapt vehicles at a reasonable time in their product cycle, keeping them affordable. Light commercial vehicles have a substantially longer development phase as well as product cycle than passenger cars.

The auto industry calls for a thorough analysis of the proposal’s impact on the economy, employment and the environment, in particular with regard to setting a long-term target. Penalties, if at all part of the legislation, should be based on the carbon price in the European Emission Trading Scheme. Furthermore, a comprehensive package of market incentives would help ensure that fleet renewal takes place, which is essential to achieve the CO2 emission reduction objectives.

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The European automotive industry is key to the strength and competitiveness of Europe. The ACEA members are BMW Group, DAF, Daimler, FIAT Group, Ford of Europe, General Motors Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Scania, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group. They provide direct employment to more than 2.3 million people and indirectly support another 10 million jobs. ACEA members annually invest over €26 billion in R&D, or about 5% of turnover.

The ACEA commercial vehicle members are DAF Trucks, Daimler Trucks, IVECO, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, Scania, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and Volvo Group.

For further information, please contact Sigrid de Vries, Director Communications, ACEA +32 485 88 66 47 or sv@acea.be Please also visit www.acea.be

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