CLEPA on the vote on opinions on CO2 standards: Tough balancing act

The committee for Transport and Tourism in the European Parliament has voted yesterday to confirm the Commission’s proposed reduction targets for cars and vans, to call for more flexible rules on eco-innovations and to request the Commission to introduce Life-Cycle Analysis and Well-to-wheel data in emissions regulation. The committee for Industry, Research and Energy did not adopt a position after a vote which overall had produced contradictory results.

in CLEPA, 11-07-2018


CLEPA Secretary General Sigrid de Vries comments:

“Today’s vote reflects the tough balancing act policy makers are tasked with: Defining ambitious but realistic CO2-reduction targets while balancing environmental, consumer and economic interests at the same time. The European Commission has put a highly demanding proposal on the table, which will contribute to the Paris climate goals and to a transformation of the industry. Elaborating on this proposal is a complex task and today’s votes show that policy makers intend to take a detailed and critical look at the Commission’s proposal and the suggestions of stakeholders.

The proposed ambition level will drive the rapid transformation of the automotive landscape, both on the roads with a significant amount of electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as in the automotive industry where alternative propulsion technologies will become a major part of daily manufacturing. Together with digitalisation, decarbonisation constitutes the main transformational force in the sector.

The automotive suppliers support realistically ambitious reduction targets and stress the importance of a technology neutral approach to reduce emissions in the most efficient as well as least disruptive way. In that respect, CLEPA welcomes the support for eco-innovations reflected in the position of the committee for Transport and Tourism as well as for the inclusion of synthetic fuels in the scope of the legislation and a stronger recognition for hybrid technology in the so called ‘benchmark’.

Automotive suppliers are fully part of the transformation process manufacturing everything from electric drivetrain, to advanced combustion engine solutions to hydrogen and other alternative fuels-based technologies. Long-standing innovation and solution providers, they industrialise those technologies that help make transport safe, smart and sustainable. “

The opinion of the committee for Transport and Tourism will be taken into consideration by the leading committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety in the preparation of its vote in September and subsequently the vote in the Plenary of the European Parliament (EP), which is scheduled for October. Once EP and Council have decided on their respective positions, interinstitutional negotiations to adopt the regulation will start.

CLEPA statement on the applicability of End of Live Vehicle (ELV) Directive

CLEPA has just published the statement on the applicability of “End of Live” (ELV) Directive vs the “Restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment” Directive (RoHS)/ “Waste electrical and electronic equipment” Directive (WEEE) in the automotive industry

by CLEPA, 04-07-2017


EU WEEE directive 2012/19/EU (“Waste electrical and electronic equipment directive”) opens its scope by 15th of August 2018. WEEE applies to electrical / electronical equipment (EEE) and excludes specific EEE for the means of transport, that concerns vehicles, which are in scope of ELV.

 

As a consequence the directive covers further EEE, which were not in scope before. Exemplary examples of EEE new in scope include, but are not limited to clothes and furniture with installed electrical / electronical function such as:

  • Bathroom cabinets with installed illumination
  • Desks, which are adjustable by height through electrical function
  • Shoes with installed blinking lights.

 

The EU “End of Life” (ELV) Directive 2000/53/EC applies to vehicles, including components and materials of vehicles, as defined in article 3(1).

 

The CLEPA statement shall help CLEPA companies to define, which directives apply to their parts, either ELV directive or RoHS / WEEE directive. The statement is supported by JAPIA, the “Japan Autoparts Industry Organization”.

 

You can check the statement below

CLEPA STATEMENT

Industry4Europe coalition publish a new Joint Paper calling for an ambitious industrial policy in Europe

The Industry4Europe coalition, of which CLEPA is a member, has today published a new Joint Paper to inform the EU debate on an new, ambitious industrial policy for Europe.

The Joint Paper makes recommendations with regard to the governance structure for such policy, which should facilitate dialogue as well as concrete implementation of actions.

by CLEPA, 03-07-2018


The Joint Paper was presented this morning to the Austrian Chairman of the Council High-Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth and will be shared with all Permanent Representations as well as with the European Commission.

 

With its first Joint Paper “For an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy: Going further” (October 2017), the Industry4Europe coalition called for a long-term vision for Europe’s industry which demands a long-term governance structure going beyond the 6-month EU Presidency cycle and the 5-year mandate of the current European Commission. Such a governance structure should enable the Commission, the Council and the European Parliament, together with industry stakeholders, to develop a common vision for a smart, innovative and sustainable industry.

Existing policies, initiatives and tools, addressing the challenges and gaps, including those described in the Commission’s Communication “Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry: A renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy” of September 2017, should be reviewed in order to develop and implement a long-term comprehensive EU Industrial Strategy as well as for monitoring its progress on a regular basis.

 

Download the Joint Paper 2018-07-Industry4Europe – Joint Paper on Governance

Automotive Industry Guideline (AIG) on REACH has been published

Version 4 of the Automotive Industry Guideline on REACH (AIG) has been published by the Automotive Task Force on REACH (TF-REACH)

by CLEPA, 02-07-2018


Task Force-REACH (Registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals) comprises representatives of all the major vehicle manufacturers and the automotive supply chain, including CLEPA.

The Task Force recommends a common schedule and external communication strategy in order to harmonise the sector’s response to REACH and avoid duplication and confusion by taking into consideration the automotive industry’s specific criteria and tools.

The TF’s approach and recommendations are outlined in the new Automotive Industry Guideline (AIG) on REACH.

 

The European REACH Regulation 1907/2006 came into force on 1 June 2007 and affects all industries. The Regulation requires immediate and ongoing action from automobile manufacturers and suppliers. Under REACH, substances manufactured or imported on their own or in mixtures, as well as substances intended to be released from articles, need to be registered according to the REACH timeline once a certain yearly tonnage is exceeded.  Additionally, Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) may require authorisation or may be restricted. SVHCs listed on the Candidate List need to be identified in articles and communicated throughout the supply chain and to the consumer if certain criteria are met. Companies that do not comply with REACH have no market, so continued REACH compliance is critical to maintain business continuity for any company doing business, or having customers or suppliers doing business, in the European Economic Area (EEA).

 

Version 4 of the Automotive Industry Guideline builds on the comprehensive automotive industry recommendations regarding numerous aspects of the REACH Regulation in the previous version 3.1, but includes significant changes to the following chapters:

 

  • Glossary of terms; Notification of Candidate List substances in articles; Communication requirements for Candidate List substances in articles; Authorisation procedure.

New annexes were also added:

 

  • REACH Substance Scrutiny – From PACT Onwards; REACH Annex XVII Impact Evaluation List; Practical Application of the O5A Principle for CL Substances in Articles; Sustainable Substitution Criteria; History of amendments to REACH Regulation; List of changes to AIG.

 

The AIG will be translated into Chinese, French, Japanese and Korean, so as to assist the global automotive supply chain in understanding their REACH obligations while also providing useful recommendations.

For more information and to download version 4 of the AIG free of charge, check 2018-07-AI guideline on REACH 4.0

CLEPA President: Smart policy avoids dependency on one technology

CLEPA General Assembly confirms work programme and reaffirms leadership team

in CLEPA, 22-06-2018


CLEPA President Roberto Vavassori, speaking at the Association’s General Assembly last week, stressed that CLEPA will continue to make the case for technology neutrality, reaching out to policy makers, other sectors and societal stakeholders alike to build alliances for a holistic approach to decarbonise transport worldwide.

 

“CLEPA favours any and every technology that brings more sustainability to Europe, its citizens, its employees and its companies”, said Vavassori. There is the clear need to adopt an holistic approach to the decarbonisation of mobility. Europe’s automotive suppliers are part of the solution: we are at the same time concerned citizens wanting the best environment, critical consumers looking for the most convenient way to move around, as well as highly engaged employees in the mobility value chain”

 

“As it has been for the last century, we need to assure that the technologies for the mobility of the future continue to come from Europe. There is the need to define what I call the ‘European Way’, where a competitive regulation is an important part of the ecosystem, and the geopolitical context is taken into account. Smart policy avoids dependency on one technology, follows the circular economy principle and directs investments in a sustainable way.”

 

The CLEPA Annual General Assembly, taking place in The Hague, confirmed the activities and work plan of the association, and reaffirmed its leadership team with the election of two new vice-presidents as well as a number of Board of Director mandates. CLEPA members also reinforced the association’s operational structure, updating its governance rules and setting framework conditions to deliver on the organisation’s mission and vision.

The CLEPA focus in 2018 and 2019 will continue to be on the main regulatory dossiers currently going through the EU institution’s. These include the CO2 emission reduction proposals for both passenger cars and trucks, as well as the revision of the General Safety Regulation, which is essential to maintain the EU road safety record and prepare the way for automated driving. In addition, matters related to access to data, research & innovation, type approval, repair and maintenance, materials and substances, international trade developments and many other market access requirements are closely monitored by the association. Several of these topics will move over to the new Parliament and Commission terms, after the European elections in May of next year.

 

Since June 2017, CLEPA has added seven new members, reaching a total of 119 corporate members, 13 national associations and 11 associated members.

The next General Assembly meeting will be organised in Brussels in June 2019.


CO2 targets for trucks are seriously challenging – Smart strategy for emission reduction is necessary

The European Commission has proposed today for the first time binding EU emission standards for trucks. The proposal contains a reduction of COemissions from trucks by 15% in 2025 against a 2019 baseline and at least 30% in 2030. The parameter recognises payload and mileage and is expressed as the number of grams CO2 per tonne kilometre (g/tkm). A fine of 50€ per g/tkm will be imposed on manufacturers which miss the target. A bonus will be awarded for vehicles emitting 350g CO2/km or less.

in CLEPA, 17-05-2018


Sigrid de Vries, Secretary General of CLEPA comments: “The Commission has made a seriously challenging proposal today to help ensure that the transport sector fulfils its contributions towards the Paris agreement. Automotive suppliers actively support realistically ambitious targets and are key contributors to vehicle innovation in pursuit of safe, sustainable and smart mobility. However, the sector urges policy makers to maintain technology neutrality in the regulation and opt for a smart strategy in reducing CO2 emissions which reconciles European competitiveness and environmental protection.”

 

Highly ambitious CO? and fuel consumption reduction will only be possible with strong electrification of the fleet as well as additional policy measures, for example by strengthening the uptake of alternative fuels such as CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) and LNG (Liquified Natural Gas), paving the way for climate-neutral synthetic fuels, incentivising eco-innovations, improving infrastructure and rolling out intelligent traffic and transportation systems. Regulation should reward emission reductions, regardless of how these are achieved.

 

The automotive supply industry argues in favour of making the next steps towards a Well-to-Wheel approach and, in a further stage, Life-Cycle Assessment to take into account the carbon performance of fuels, energy source and vehicle manufacturing, address CO2 emissions beyond the tailpipe and reap the full benefits of technology neutrality. Furthermore, targets need to reflect the different transport tasks and the particularities of vehicle classes and powertrains. The industry also underlines the need to use robust data. CLEPA supports the VECTO tool, but the proposed reduction baseline of 2019 raises concerns as very little time will be left between the availability of the data and the application of the mid-term target. The inclusion of supercredits is seen as positive as it incentivises alternative powertrain technologies and adds flexibility towards meeting the targets.

 

Europe is a world leader in manufacturing efficient trucks with best-in-class technology. The regulatory framework should facilitate progress towards even higher efficiency, without prescribing specific technology.

CLEPA Aftermarket Conference 2018: connectivity and changes in vehicle ownership shake up the value

in CLEPA, 26-03-2018


Connectivity and new vehicle ownership models definitely have the potential of disrupting the traditional value chain and the industry will have to adapt in order to find new collaboration models and partners and as such create new opportunities.

These amongst others were clear trends identified at the 9thedition of the Aftermarket conference, organised by the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) in Brussels on March 21st and 22nd 2018.

The audience, consisting of representatives from the European Commission and Parliament, other associations, automotive suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, wholesale distribution, trading groups and press, discussed the drivers for change and disruption within the automotive industry.

Presentations and key notes from established and new players identified new technologies on vehicles and the production of parts, the change of vehicle ownership as well as upcoming new business models as main drivers for the transformation. New competences, other success factors and a different mind-set will be needed to manage the future competitive challenges with the consumer in the center.

Roberto Vavassori, CLEPA President, reflecting on the conference said: “New players are on the verge of entering the automotive aftermarket sector, creating new mobility concepts. Although the real impact via e.g. electrification and connectivity is not to be expected before 2025, time is crucial, and suppliers need define their future positions as soon as possible.

Although there is still a lot of uncertainty, both established players and start-ups should not fear this upcoming disruption but embrace it.”

In general, the economic outlook for the global aftermarket business is positive but the main growth will be in the Eastern part of Europe and in Asia.

The market will see less but stronger players which will drive the digitalization and new platforms are expected to play a major role in distribution of parts and assigning repair jobs to workshops. The entire automotive industry must make tremendous efforts in direction of leaner processes and the ability to make use of in-vehicle data-based services around mobility.