The Strategist

EU car manufacturers are protesting against new green initiative

12/20/2018 - 07:14

Representatives of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) criticized the EU’s carbon emissions reduction plan of 37.5% for passenger cars and 31% - for minivans by 2030. ACEA called these plans unrealistic and called on the authorities to take a more constructive stance.

Moto@Club4AG via flickr
Moto@Club4AG via flickr
The ACEA statement speaks of "serious concerns about plans to reduce CO2 emissions, which automakers must achieve by 2030." “A 37.5% reduction in CO2 emissions for passenger cars and 31% from minivans may sound convincing, but this is completely unrealistic given the current situation. Our industry believes that these goals for 2030 were set solely for political reasons, without taking into account technological and socio-economic reality."

On November 14, the European Parliament voted for the initiative of the Dutch Green Party, according to which, by 2025, CO2 emissions from all new trucks in the EU should be lower by 20% compared to the current ones. Earlier, the European Commission proposed a reduction of 15%. In addition, in accordance with the proposals of "green", approved by the European Parliament, the emissions of buses and minibuses from 2030 should be 35% lower than now. Initially, the European Commission proposed a reduction of 30%.

However, these amendments caused bewilderment among representatives of the European automotive industry. Sigrid de Vries, head of the European Association of Auto Parts Suppliers, told Wards Auto that modern European trucks are already highly efficient in terms of fuel consumption and exhaust levels. ACEA Secretary General Erik Jonnaert said: “The members of our association are certainly set to further reduce emissions, but the goals set are too high for the European automotive industry. In fact, these plans require more production of electric cars and other cars on alternative fuel, but on a much larger scale than is feasible at the moment. "

ACEA also noted that too drastic measures could adversely affect the entire European automotive industry, which now employs more than 13 million people.
“In order to mitigate the negative consequences, the authorities need to adopt a more flexible policy taking into account social responsibility,” the association concluded.

Tightening of environmental requirements after the diesel-gate scandal has already led to a sharp decline in car production in Germany and slowed down the economy not only of this country, but of the entire Eurozone. After introduction of new car certification standards in the EU, German automakers had to adapt to them, which reduced production. In September of this year, the number of new car registrations in Germany fell by 30% compared with September last year.