Auto sector stresses importance of comprehensive, technology-neutral approach to transport emissions

24 October 2014, Brussels – Following last night’s agreement by the European Council on the 2030 Climate and Energy Policy package, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), welcomes the fact that the framework calls for a comprehensive and technology-neutral approach to transport-related emissions.

ACEA has long argued that a technologically-neutral approach is the most effective way of ensuring practical carbon-reduction technologies make it to the road, and that all transport modes must contribute equally to achieving the EU’s climate objectives.

In setting a target for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 40% by 2030 based on 1990 levels, the EU has set itself ambitious goals. ACEA appreciates that policy makers have chosen to emphasise cost-effectiveness in achieving its overall target, and stresses the need to balance environmental sustainability with competitiveness. Ensuring that Europe remains economically successful is the best way of guaranteeing that investment in climate-improving technologies continues.

Speaking after the agreement, ACEA Secretary General Erik Jonnaert said, “Europe’s cars, vans, trucks and buses currently have the highest environmental standards in the world. Our industry is committed to contributing its fair share towards lowering greenhouse gas emissions, namely through more fuel-efficient technology and continuing its investments into more alternative powertrains.

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ACEA’s members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Opel Group, Hyundai Motor Europe, IVECO, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group. More information can be found on www.acea.be or @ACEA_eu.

Facts about the EU automobile industry

  • Some 12.7 million people - or 5% of the EU employed population - work in the sector.
  • The 3 million jobs in automotive manufacturing represent 10.3% of EU's manufacturing employment.
  • Motor vehicles account for €388 billion in tax contribution in the EU15.
  • The sector is also a key driver of knowledge and innovation, representing Europe's largest private contributor to R&D, with €32.3 billion invested annually.
  • The automotive sector contributes significantly to the EU trade balance with a €95 billion surplus.

For more information, please contact Cara McLaughlin, cm@acea.be, +32 2 738 73 45; +32 485 88 66 47