Auto Manufacturing in Europe: What’s next?
Publication date: 08 February 2011
With car numbers estimated to double from 800,000 million today to 1.6 billion over the next 25 years, we need more intelligent planning of cities, including better traffic management systems, said Connie Hedegaard, the European Commissioner for Climate Action, at a meeting of the Forum for the Automobile and Society held in Brussels today.
Speaking ahead of the launch of a European Commission ‘Roadmap to a low-carbon economy by 2050’ as well as a White Paper on Transport in the coming months, the Commissioner said a strong transport sector would be essential for renewed economic growth in Europe but warned that major challenges lay ahead.
She said that while the desire of the individual for mobility was not going away, traffic jams were already a major part of our lives and the problem would become worse if we do not act now, saying “... we need to be able to balance the mobility of the individual with the immobility of the collective”.
Picking up on the challenge facing consumers, Jacob Bangsgaard, Director General of FIA Region I, said “...the competitiveness of the industry depends first and foremost on the consumers. Demand will not be driven by legislation and regulations alone - we cannot forget the users who have to accept these changes.” Bangsgaard added, “We need to bring consumers on board, providing them with the necessary information on future technologies and mobility choices”.
Speakers at the event from left to right were: John Wormald of Autopolis, Jacob Bangsgaard, Director General of FIA Region I, Connie Hedegaard, the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Bernd Lange MEP, Ivan Hodac of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), Lars Jolmqvist from the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) and Zbigniew Kamienski from the Polish Ministry of Economy.
For more information, please contact Niall Carty, Communications Manager, FIA Brussels Office: n.carty@ fiabrussels.com