FIA urges Ministers to take action and approve CO2 emission targets for cars
Published on: 10 October 2013
The FIA urges Environment Ministers to take action to approve the 95 g/km target for new car CO2 emissions by 2020.
“It is frustrating to watch policymakers hesitate on an issue that is this important to the European citizens,” said FIA Region I Director General, Jacob Bangsgaard. He continued, “We need a well-designed long-term strategy for the industry. It is essential that policymakers set aside attempts to derail this legislation and ignore the push for national interests. Delaying the process will have a negative impact for all of Europe.”
The delay began in June 2013 with the persistent efforts of Germany to take this legislation off the agenda based on the assumption that the regulations would harm the automotive industry. Germany managed to postpone the vote into the Lithuanian Presidency and until after the German general elections. In early October, Germany lobbied for a blocking minority to postpone the vote again. A new date, 14 October, was then proposed, but now it is understood that Environment Ministers are unlikely to vote on that date. It is becoming clear that Germany aims to postpone the issue indefinitely as it tries to persuade other Member States to support its position.
Germany argues that the 95 g/km target will require significant investment costs which would eventually have to be passed on to consumers. However, the evidence suggests otherwise: despite what was seen by industry as a stringent target for 2015 (130 g/km), car purchase prices have actually decreased in real terms over the last decade thanks to manufacturers’ efforts. In fact, a number of manufacturers have already reached and exceeded their 2015 targets for fleet-average CO2 emissions.
The benefits of a 95 g/km target are clear and significant. For consumers it means lower fuel bills. For industry, it means certainty and new market opportunities in low-carbon vehicle technology. For governments it means creating growth and cutting carbon.
The FIA strongly supports the deal that was agreed in trilogue negotiations on June 24, 2013 between the Irish Presidency, the European Parliament and the European Commission, and urges its approval without delay or amendment. Watering down the compromise would mean delaying direct and significant benefits to the European consumers.
NOTES FOR THE EDITORS:
The European Commission has estimated that the 2020 target for cars of 95 g CO2/km implies reductions in annual fuel consumption to private users and business owners of 27% compared with the 2015 mandatory target of 130g. For an average car, the Commission has said the consumer can expect to save some €340 in the first year, and a total of €2904-3836 (depending on the price of fuel) over the car's lifetime (13 years), as compared with the 2015 target.
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Region I
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