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.