Ahead of the Council decision on CO2 emission reduction from cars and vans on 28 June, the European organisations CLEPA—representing automotive suppliers, and CECRA—the voice of dealers and repairers, have sent a letter to EU national governments raising the urgency for a CO2 legislation that balances the needs of climate protection with the industrial, social and geopolitical realities that the sector is facing.
in CLEPA & CECRA, 21-06-2022
In this letter, the organisations express their support for rapid electrification, but warn about the need to make the transition manageable, considering the challenges that an all-electric mandate for all new vehicles by 2035 mean would mean.
The signatories emphasise that moving towards a well-to-wheel or life-cycle approach that considers the positive contribution sustainable renewable fuels can make to climate protection would be vastly superior, for industry, society, and the climate, compared to a tailpipe logic. It would also support the necessary ramp-up of low- and zero carbon fuels to decarbonise the existing fleet.
As a minimum, supporting other proposals made in the Council could keep the window of opportunity open for low-emission technologies, notably by accompanying the 2035 target with a provision for the best performing low-emission technologies at least until 2039 and to consider the intrinsic differences of cars and vans in a differentiated target for these vehicle types.