The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is calling on the European Commission to pay special attention to the specificities of the light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment when setting future CO2 targets.
Even though some of the key principles (such as using mass as the parameter and target calculation) can be shared with CO2 legislation for passenger cars, ACEA believes the ambition level for LCVs should be assessed separately. Moreover, LCV legislation should also cover some additional requirements. Most importantly, any future proposal should consider the specificities of multi-stage vehicles, reflect the design constraints of LCVs and the individual modalities required to reach post-2021 CO2 targets.
ACEA and its members advocate the following key principles for a post-2021 CO2 framework focused on light commercial vehicles, some to be shared with CO2 legislation for passenger cars and others specifically applying to the LCV segment:
• Environment and sustainability.
Environmentally-friendly and sustainable mobility is a goal for European auto makers, not just an aspiration. However, it is clear that a model of sustainable mobility cannot emerge from technology alone. A little like a jigsaw, there are many pieces that must be joined together to form a complete picture.
The automotive sector recognizes its role. Investments in vehicle technology, intelligent transport systems and cleaner production processes have already played a significant part in cutting emissions and improving safety.
However, it is clear that the interdependent challenges of matching economic growth with environmental improvements and improved social responsibility can only be fully realised through a more collaborative approach.
Governments, fuel companies, associated industries and end users must also play their part. Working together, we can continue to enjoy the benefits of personal mobility and the economic prosperity that vehicles bring, while minimizing the cost of motoring to society and the environment.
• CO2 emissions.
Climate change is a global challenge which demands collective action and international cooperation. The automotive sector is playing a leading role, embracing its responsibility to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles and production.
Currently, the European automobile industry invests $58.8 billion into R&D annually, much of which goes towards fuel-efficiency technologies, putting the European industry in the global lead for clean vehicles and production.
This has resulted in significant cuts in CO2 emissions from cars and commercial vehicles, and in energy-efficiency improvements at plants across Europe.
The industry continues to stress the importance of joint action by all stakeholders. Vehicle makers, fuel companies, governments, transport operators and consumers must all play their part in this integrated approach necessary to reduce CO2 emissions efficiently
• CO2 from cars and vans.
Thanks to huge efforts by industry and billions of euros worth of investment in R&D, the sector is on the path to bringing down CO2 emissions from cars and vans to the levels required by regulation.
Falling CO2 emissions from new cars and vans are the result of long-term efforts on the part of the industry, which has been sustained both with and without legislation.
It is clear that CO2 levels from vehicles have to continue on their downward trend and the industry is committed to delivering on this. By 2021, CO2 emissions of new cars in the EU will be 42% lower than in 2005.
Both the targets for 2015 and the targets for 2021 are the most stringent in the world. Accordingly, the 2021 targets for the European fleet are far tougher to achieve than those in the US, China or Japan (USA: 121g, Japan: 117g, China: 119g, bearing in mind that calculation methods vary in different parts of the world).
Europe and its automobile industry play a leading role in the global challenge to reduce CO2 emissions. Now is the time for the other regions of the world to catch up.