CLEPA | Automotive Employment Footprint Portal provides key view on impact of green mobility transition

  • CLEPA launches the Automotive Employment Footprint Portal, revealing key data on risks and opportunities for automotive employment
  • Findings of more than 15 recent studies show the magnitude of social dimension and high level of uncertainty

in CLEPA, 30-06-2021


CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, today launches the Automotive Employment Footprint Portal to provide insight into the impact of the green transformation on employment and manufacturing along the automotive value chain, to offer viewers a journey into the challenges and opportunities presented by the shift, illustrating reality behind the numbers. The Portal provides access to the findings of more than 15 recent studies performed by independent research bodies, each examining diverse scenarios in the accelerating green technology uptake, the direct correlation with employment needs, and the outlook across Europe.

“A successful transformation starts with knowing the stakes”, says CLEPA Secretary General Sigrid de Vries. “A close look at the available data shows two things: the green transition will affect millions of livelihoods in a very uneven way. There will be major job opportunities, but often for different people, in different places and at a different time. Second, the data confirms that policy choices hold the key to avoiding a breakneck scenario. An ambitious, efficient and inclusive green transition requires technology openness, providing room for hybrid solutions and renewable sustainable fuels. This is the approach that automotive suppliers urge policy makers to take.”

The Portal offers a visual and interactive journey along the entire mobility value chain, including the more temporary opportunities provided by the need for new digital and physical infrastructure, the upgrading of the energy grid and installation of charging and refuelling points, as well as the opening of new battery plants. A spotlight on key regions showcases how the automotive industry is contributing to local economies, as vehicle manufacturers and suppliers typically form strong regional clusters in the production of vehicles and key components.

“The automotive industry is fully engaged in the transformation and, together with regional parties, trade unions and academia, is bringing a massive re- and upskilling effort on the way to keep people on board and deliver the competencies required for the new age”, adds De Vries. “The existing data shows the magnitude of the social dimension of the transformation and the high range of uncertainty. To manage the transition, we will need more knowledge than can be provided by a macro-economic modelled impact assessment. An even closer look underneath the surface will be crucial to support the sector’s ability to maintain employment and invest in reskilling and innovation.” The CLEPA Portal will be extended with further information after the summer.

Background 

A wide range of studies have looked at the impact of electrification on employment, often with highly contrasting outcomes. Differences in the assumed pace of electrification and considered production activities explain most of these contrasting findings.? The overview in the Portal illustrates that the pace at which battery electric vehicles will win market share is likely to determine the number of jobs at risk, while plug-in hybrids fulfil both a technological and social bridge function.

The automotive sector presently supports 6% of the total active population in the EU. For comparison: the coal transition, generally recognised as dramatic, affects 0.015% of European jobs.

Automotive suppliers directly employ 1.7 million people, on top of the 1.2 million in vehicle manufacturing. Another 370 thousand work in manufacturing sectors deeper down the value chain, including steel and other materials, and another 3.2 million are employed in services related to vehicle use.

Direct automotive job creation in the battery, software and electronics supply chain is on the rise, but will not be able to compensate for the jobs disappearing in powertrain related areas in neither numbers or the type of work nor in terms of timing. Close to 1 million people have a job directly linked to the production of vehicle powertrain technology. An estimated 50,000 jobs will be created in battery cell manufacturing and integration, where research suggests that up to three times that number could be created in the production of the chemical components of batteries and the critical areas of thermal and system management of the battery.

Electrification: 

The electrification of cars will have a significant impact on?the need for labour in the production?of parts, systems and the assembly of engines and vehicles. The powertrain is the most labour intensive part of automotive manufacturing, representing 30% of the value creation. A battery-electric powertrain contains 60% fewer components than needed for an internal combustion engine vehicle. At the same time, up to 70% of the value of a battery cell produced in Europe is imported and this will not improve dramatically towards 2030.

Understanding the battery supply chain and the significant value creation in the material input of batteries is critical to understand employment opportunities related to the transition. The?battery represents between 30 and 50% of the value of a battery electric vehicle; 70% of the value added is generated in the production of the cells and only 30% is generated through the integrating of cells, thermal management, the battery management system, and battery box. The European employment opportunities in the battery sector lie deeper in the battery supply chain, as battery cell plants are highly automated. Maintaining the competitiveness and investment capabilities of European industry and the availability of highly skilled workers will be critical to ensure that these opportunities are captured.

Skills: 

Most job losses in the run-up to 2030 will be among skilled workers, whereas new jobs in, for instance, battery manufacturing, will on average require a higher education profile. People will be needed in different business areas of vehicle manufacturing and supply and will require different levels of training. This transition is already well underway. In Germany, employment increased by 10% (15% for suppliers) in R&D and 34% in IT and remained stable at +2% in manufacturing activities between 2015 and 2019. Employment in the latter category is likely to fall in the coming years.

Infrastructure: 

Road traffic indirectly creates work for around 700 million construction workers that build and maintain highways, roads, bridges and tunnels. Electrification will create jobs in the next ten years related to the installation of charging infrastructure, expansion of grid and renewable energy production and the construction of new battery plants.

 

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CLEPA | Smart and safe mobility: The time to come together and advance innovative data-based technologies is now

The spotlight in Brussels is on digital topics this week, with a proposal for regulating the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the EU and a three-day conference on connected and automated driving, highlighting the contribution of data-based technology solutions to making mobility smart, safe and sustainable.

in CLEPA, by Sigrid de Vries, 22-04-2021


CLEPA welcomes the Commission’s initiative on AI regulation as an important step towards legal certainty for market participants and bolstering consumer confidence in artificial intelligence. AI will be a game-changer in reducing accidents on the road, and automotive suppliers are key players in making the ‘Vision Zero‘ a reality, one of the objectives of the Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy as well as the United Nation’s sustainable development goals.

The use of AI is becoming more prevalent every day in automotive, particularly in applications providing safety solutions. Features such as emergency braking or lane-keeping systems frequently rely on machine learning AI to recognise lane markings, obstacles, pedestrians, or other vehicles. The amount of software lines in a car far exceeds those in aeroplanes. And with a 30% share today, the value of electronic components in a vehicle is rapidly on the rise.

Within 5 years, most active safety systems in new cars will be—at least partially—AI-based and by 2030 all new vehicles will have AI technology. Further in the future, fully autonomous vehicles will make extensive use of AI. An appropriate legislative framework can boost the development and uptake of AI, provided that requirements remain proportionate to the possible risks. The importance of not hindering innovation unnecessarily cannot be stressed enough.

AI and other data-driven mobility and transport solutions were at the heart of the discussions held this week during the EUCAD2021 conference, the third of its kind since 2018, which focused entirely on how to accelerate Cooperative Connected Automated Mobility (CCAM) in Europe.

Efforts to boost innovation are at the centre of industrial and policy developments. The conference’s marked the birth of the new EU CCAM Partnership, bringing together over 140 private and public partners, including CLEPA and several of its member companies. Over the next few years, EU CCAM will direct €500 million of funding from the Horizon Europe R&I framework programme into pre-competitive research and innovation projects as well as pilot and testing projects.

The CCAM Partnership is an important milestone on the road to safe, sustainable, smart and inclusive mobility. Society needs to advance rapidly towards a new horizon, where vehicles are equipped with advanced technologies communicating with each other while perceiving their environment, road infrastructure, and other road users. The transfer of information and the access to data will be key for vehicle automation in cooperation with other road users, taking the management of traffic and mobility to the ultimate level. Taking an integrated, systemic approach is the only way to dramatically improve road safety and inclusiveness of road transportation.

Is society ready for the automation of transport?

A further key hurdle that needs to be navigated is to do with mindsets. Public and private partners must work to enable confidence in technology. The understanding and acceptance of future driverless cars and trucks needs to be fostered. Is society truly ready for automation? This is a question that the CCAM Partnership must face head-on.

From the perspective of automotive suppliers, important strides have already been made in developing key vehicle technologies.  Further progress is still required to improve precision and robustness, focusing particularly on real-time driving decision-making which must be performed in an entirely safe and unambiguous way.

With the CCAM Partnership, the target is to achieve ‘level 4’ automation: a situation wherein a vehicle can drive itself without human intervention in a wide range of pre-defined, set situations, referred to as the ‘operational design domain’. Examples include highly automated highway-driving applications, where the driver would be free to do other things during the journey as the vehicle controls itself, and automated parking or ‘valet parking’ including to and from a parking space.

‘Sense, think, act’ – the focus of the automotive supply community

The focus of the automotive supply community is on so-called ‘sense, think, act’ technologies and solutions. ‘Sense’ refers to the scanning of the driving environment, ‘think’ regards interpreting the data and making decisions, and ‘act’ is about manoeuvring the vehicle on those basis’. Important targets for innovation include guaranteeing safety and reliability, and further improvement of the human-machine interface.

The CCAM Partnership has been conceived to align R&I efforts between all involved stakeholders. Fragmentation is a real risk since so many different actors must work together: member state governments, member state road authorities and operators, providers of digital and physical infrastructure, cities, and of course also industry, research institutes, and service providers.

CLEPA sees alignment as crucial to avoid fragmentation and, hence, accelerate the implementation of innovative CCAM technologies and services across Europe. Now is the time that we must come together: we all have common issues to solve, and we are still in the pre-competitive phase.

This leads to another important dimension of the CCAM Partnership: European leadership. By working together, we need to ensure the future within an increasingly competitive global market.  Other regions around the world are certainly not standing still. Particularly in Asia and North America, where huge strides are being taken.

Europe needs to move rapidly to remain at the forefront

Europe needs to move rapidly to utilise our strengths in innovation at all levels and in all sectors of the future mobility and transport systems to remain at the forefront.  At the same time, we need to be open to international cooperation. We need to be well-aligned, globally on the framework conditions, defining technical regulations and setting standards.

The target, as highlighted in the CCAM’s Strategic R&I Agenda, is “European leadership in safe and sustainable road transport through automation”. The €500 million of European funding should provide the catalyst to accelerate the innovation ‘reaction’. At the same time, significant additional public and private investment will still be necessary to make connected and automated mobility a reality in Europe and around the world in the coming decade.

Europe can indeed assume a leading role and it is an opportunity we should not miss. CLEPA is convinced that the CCAM Partnership will help move Europe in the right direction, and the automotive suppliers in Europe are supporting every step of the way.

Sigrid de Vries

CLEPA Secretary General

 

CLEPA | Artificial Intelligence Regulation: A coherent regulatory framework for automotive products is essential

The Commission put forward a legislative proposal today aimed at regulating artificial intelligence (AI) in the EU and fostering innovation in this fast-paced area. The proposal focuses on “high-risk” AI applications and sets mandatory requirements that AI system providers must fulfil before placing them on the market.

in CLEPA, 21-04-2021


CLEPA welcomes the Commission’s initiative and its work providing legal certainty to market participants and bolstering consumer confidence in artificial intelligence

A balanced AI legislation can accelerate the development of safer vehicles and the EU’s own objective to eliminate road casualties by 2050

Artificial intelligence is becoming more prevalent every day in automotive solutions, particularly in those providing safety benefits. Applications such as emergency braking or lane-keeping systems frequently rely on machine learning AI, which trains them to recognise lane markings, obstacles, pedestrians, or other vehicles. Within 5 years, most active safety systems in new cars will be—at least partially—AI-based and by 2030 all new vehicles will have AI technology. Further in the future, fully autonomous vehicles will make extensive use of AI.

Sigrid de Vries, Secretary General of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, highlights: “An appropriate legislative framework can boost the development and uptake of AI by providing market participants more legal certainty and bolstering consumer trust. However, the importance of not hindering innovation unnecessarily cannot be stressed enough. Burdensome requirements would jeopardise the development of safer vehicles and the EU’s own objective to eliminate road casualties by 2050. Regulatory requirements should always remain proportionate to the possible risks.” CLEPA considers that the proposal published today goes in the right direction by ensuring that automotive products remain primarily regulated through their sector-specific framework.

The legislative proposal is now in the hands of the EU’s co-legislators, the Parliament and the Council. In this context, automotive suppliers wish to reiterate the need for a coherent regulatory framework on AI. The automotive sector is already subject to strict ex-ante conformity controls designed to ensure the safety of vehicles. CLEPA believes that AI-related technical requirements for automotive products must be implemented into the existing vehicle type-approval framework, rather than duplicating certification, testing, and market surveillance. Automotive suppliers trust that the co-legislators will support the Commission’s approach in this regard.

CLEPA’s views on artificial intelligence are further outlined in a position paper adopted in December 2020. The automotive supplier industry stands ready to support EU policymakers throughout the adoption process of this new regulatory framework for AI.

 

Read the position paper

 

 

European steel users call on Commission to terminate safeguard measures on 30 June 2021

In response to today’s announcement by the European Commission that it will review the safeguard measures on steel, in place since 2018, a coalition of downstream users of steel is urging the Commission not to extend the measures beyond their expiry date this June.

in CLEPA, 26-02-2021


While the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted manufacturing activity across all sectors in Europe during 2020, production levels are now increasing and are expected to continue to do so as the economy recovers during 2021.

As a consequence, and since the second half of 2020, companies are facing surging prices for steel products and long delivery times because of an insufficient domestic supply. Due to the safeguard measures currently in place, reduced competition from third countries means that import alternatives aimed at easing cost and lead-time pressures on European manufacturers have been limited.

The possibility of extending the safeguard measures beyond June 2021 adds to the uncertainty and adverse market conditions that steel users are currently facing.

It is in the interest of downstream users to rely on a strong and competitive EU domestic steel industry. Excessive protection will only result in an uncompetitive European steel industry, to the detriment of downstream users and final consumers. Therefore, the steel safeguard measures should expire on 30 June 2021 as foreseen.

 

The coalition of EU trade associations representing the interests of downstream users of steel consists of ACEA, APPLiA, CECE, CEMA, CEMEP, CLEPA, Orgalim, and WindEurope.

 

2021.02.10 Joint PR-Review of Steel Safeguard Measures_vF

 

 

CLEPA welcomes the European Commission’s new trade strategy and is ready to continue to engage

CLEPA recognises that today’s communication confirms the EU’s growing attention for sustainability and level playing field. CLEPA will continue to play a constructive role ensuring that trade policy initiatives that aim to address legitimate concerns regarding level playing field, supply chains, human rights and sustainability are shaped effectively and do not result in counterproductive outcomes. It will be crucial to ensure that trade policy instruments do not circumvent or undermine the WTO. Instruments that could be perceived as protectionist should be carefully considered and trade partners should be consulted to avoid trade tensions and a spiral of retaliation measures. Trade in innovative and sustainable technologies will play a key role realising the objective of a sustainable and circular economy, highlighting the importance of a trade strategy that facilitates a global flow of goods and access to markets.

in CLEPA, 18-02-2021


CLEPA Secretary General Sigrid de Vries said: “CLEPA welcomes the European Commission’s new trade strategy and the clarity the communication provides on the core objectives of the EU’s trade policy. Europe’s automotive suppliers agree that an open trade regime is at the centre of Europe’s economic prosperity and competitiveness. Continued access to global markets and a stable, global trade environment will be crucial for our sector to recover from the current crisis and continue to invest to maintain our leading role as innovators in sustainable and safe mobility.   

The openness of the Single Market and Free Trade Agreements create opportunities for businesses across the world and help attract investments, creating jobs and strengthening Europe’s economic fabric. CLEPA will continue to support the Commission in its efforts to negotiate trade agreements with third countries and endorses ratification of concluded agreements, including the FTA with Mercosur. The Commission rightly pursues reform of the World Trade Organisation, as it will play a crucial role providing a secure and stable framework for international trade and investment.  This is particularly true for automotive suppliers who rely on an open and stable trade environment to fulfill a leading role in the global supply chain. The scale of the global market allows our industry to provide 1.7 million direct jobs in the EU alone and invest €30 billion a year in innovation.

EU-China investment agreement is hopeful sign, but clarity on substance is critical

Europe’s automotive suppliers welcome the conclusion of negotiations between the EU and China on a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment

in CLEPA, 30-12-2020


Sigrid de Vries, CLEPA secretary general, comments: “China is our industry’s second most important investment destination and European automotive suppliers are the biggest foreign investors in the sector in China. There are growing concerns that investment and market access conditions in China are uncertain and do not reflect the openness of the European market. A deal that secures and improves reciprocity in market access and investment conditions is therefore crucial for our industry and the protection of hundred thousands of jobs across the EU and China.”

European suppliers would support a deal that eliminates hurdles for investment in so-called new energy vehicles, provides enhanced protection of intellectual property and introduces more transparency and disciplines on state aid to establish a level playing field and reduce market distortions. Lastly, the deal could provide a meaningful institutional underpinning for cooperation between the EU and China to achieve climate neutrality and address human rights concerns.

CLEPA wants to acknowledge the efforts on both sides over the past seven years to come to an agreement. De Vries: “With the political decision to conclude negotiations being taken, it is now critical that the European Commission engages with all stakeholders to provide more clarity on the substance of the agreement. European suppliers currently lack sufficient detail on the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment to assess whether the sector’s concerns are sufficiently addressed. CLEPA is ready to scrutinise the agreement in principle and contribute to the next steps.”

 

NextGenerationEU: reality and ambition are bound to collide

EU leaders will gather next week for an additional EU Summit to try and come closer on the next 7-year EU budget and the additional special funds to be channelled into economic recovery. Dubbed NextGenerationEU, resilience seems to be the key concept behind much of the measures proposed, with the magic ingredient being investment.

in CLEPA, 10-07-2020


It is crucial that governments agree soon, because most of the funds will become available only next year or later, and further delay would be detrimental. The crisis is hitting the economy hard, and viable companies are already incurring serious damage.

Resilience—making Europe more self-sufficient and future proof—is used as explanation for why the proposed recovery package has all the features of a fundamental restructuring programme, aimed at propelling the EU’s environmental and digital transformation.

Are we talking recovery or reform?

“Are we talking recovery or reform”, asked a diplomat the other day, admittedly rhetorically. Many in industry had quietly thought the same. While the visionary appeal of the approach may be apparent and no-one questions the overarching need for going digital and green, the challenge remains to make it all work on the ground, where economies are in disarray.

The risk is that recovery and crisis relief are losing relevance as objectives in their own right, with their own set of requirements and, particularly, their need for speed.  How grave the situation is, can be illustrated well with the measure of global car sales which is predicted to remain 23% below last year in Europe and -17% globally: the equivalent of 14 million cars, which is more than the entire volume of new cars sold annually in European markets.

Risk is that recovery and crisis relief are losing relevance as objectives in their own right

These are unprecedented drops in sales and the underlying economic activity will take at least 2 to 3 years to recover. The latest CLEPA Pulse Check, taking the temperature of the European automotive supply industry specifically, shows that half of European suppliers expect revenue declines of more than 20% in 2020 and a further third reckon with a drop of more than 30%. Although profit estimates have slightly improved compared to April, only 39% of suppliers are confident in achieving a profit in 2020.

European suppliers are increasingly taking long-term measures, with 62% indicating their implementation of such measures has started and 13% saying they’re already completed. Cutting investment and headcount rank as number one and two, but suppliers are also increasingly looking at shortening supply chains, sourcing in, optimising the manufacturing footprint, and opting for partnerships, mergers and takeovers and adapting their product portfolios.

 

Heavy pressure on investment capacity does not bode well for ability to drive necessary transformation

The heavy pressure on investment capacity does not bode well for the ability to drive the necessary transformation, which industry had started full throttle before Covid hit. The revenues to finance these investments will have to materialise, and this is where reality and ambition are bound to collide. Industry needs the framework conditions to thrive and invest.

NextGenerationEU, the European Green Deal and the Digital Agenda are declared economic growth strategies, designed to invest public money as a lever for even larger sums of private investment. Because this is clear: the green and digital transformation needs industry to deliver them, and most of the funding will have to come from businesses. Careful management by both policy makers and business will be necessary to get it right.

The European Commission has firmly put the ball in the court of the member states. While the heads of state must still agree on the actual sums to be allocated, national capitals are already asked to hand in their national recovery plans by October, in order to start discussions on approval of the content soon. National packages, hence, will decide the level and scope of support for truly European industries, such as automotive.

Need for European approach on levels below the visionary as well

No doubt, the EU is a complex animal. Most funds come from national pockets, and many policy competences are still national. Yet, the Commission is the guardian of the EU project and has many instruments at its disposal, including soft policy such as guidance on and coordination of best practices, that can make a difference in putting the framework right, especially but not only in support of smaller and mid-sized countries.

The automotive industry is crucial for the economic fabric of Europe. The sector is vast, innovative, with long value chains and strong eco-systems; a textbook example of how European integration and the internal market have helped make the European economy more competitive and, yes, resilient. What is needed now, is leadership and clearer directions for ensuring a European approach on levels below the visionary as well.

 

Sigrid de Vries, CLEPA Secretary General

 

Outlook automotive suppliers worsens considerably, latest survey shows

A survey of automotive supplier companies in Europe to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 crisis shows that the sector’s outlook has worsened considerably over the past weeks.

in CLEPA, 08-05-2020


Over 90 percent of businesses expect a drop in revenue in 2020 of at least 20%, up from 60% in March. 35% percent expect a reduction of more than 30%. Profitability will take an even harder hit, with more than half of respondents now expecting to make a loss before taxes. The perspective of a quick recovery worsened significantly as well. Three out of four businesses fear that it will take more than a year to recuperate, whereas 4 weeks ago the consensus tended towards 6-12 months. One third of respondents counts with a timeframe of 2 to 3 years.

CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, surveyed its membership between April 27 to 30. The input was aggregated by consultancy firm McKinsey this week.

 

90% of respondents rank volatility of demand as the most critical issue for the automotive supply chain

Volatility of demand is considered the most critical issue for the automotive supply chain at the moment, with almost 90% of respondents ranking this topic their number one concern. Often, also, production restarts at very low levels. This makes fixed cost rocket compared to turnover. The further outlook depends very much on demand for vehicles and, hence, for automotive components picking up substantially. In this light, CLEPA together with the other European sector associations representing the automotive value chain, has urged governments to launch EU-coordinated vehicle renewal schemes to kickstart economic recovery and support the relaunch of the sector.

 

On health and safety 85% of respondents indicates to be well prepared and apply proactive risk mitigation measures

To cope with the crisis, a large share of businesses (84%) plan to cut investment and reduce workforce (78%). Almost 40% have already taken steps to cut R&D budgets, with 32% undecided and 30% at this stage decided against. Automotive suppliers are among the largest private investors in R&D, contributing significantly to the competitiveness of the automotive sector in Europe. Revision of manufacturing footprint is also considered.

Half of respondents plan to adjust investment and workforce already in the short-term. The remainder foresees such measures to be taken in the next 6-12 months. To date, the jobs of more than 1,1 million Europeans employed by vehicle manufacturers are affected by factory shutdowns. The wider automotive employment impact is even more critical: the general multiplier counts with 3 jobs in the immediate supply chain and another 3 for the value chain further down the line.

Health and safety on the work floor remains a matter of high priority both during and after the ramping-up of production. 85% of respondents indicates to be well prepared and apply proactive risk mitigation measures. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is seen as the main measure applied on the shop floor, with usage expected beyond the next three months. Distancing measures and decoupling of shifts are widely applied as well.

European Commission’s digital package outlines regulatory and policy actions for connected and automated driving

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen presented today three publications setting out the Commission’s priorities on digital issues: “Europe for the digital age,” “A European Strategy for data,” and a White Paper on Artificial Intelligence. The Commission also sets out to adopt in 2020-2021 a number of legislative proposals which will directly influence the deployment of connected and automated driving, such as a revised liability framework to address safety and liability for automated cars and a review of the type approval legislation for motor vehicles to open it up to more car data based services.

in CLEPA, 19-02-2020


CLEPA supports the European Commission’s overall approach outlined in today’s publications, and stresses the importance of digitalisation in the automotive sector’s transformation. Sigrid de Vries, Secretary General of CLEPA, the association of the automotive suppliers’ industry in Europe, comments:

“Connectivity, higher levels of vehicle automation, and the move towards near or full autonomous driving are megatrends that are transforming mobility, and the automotive suppliers of Europe are a driving force behind this transformation towards sustainable, safe and smart mobility. We support the Commission’s objective to provide the supportive regulatory framework needed to make this transformation a success for Europe.”

In its European strategy for data, the Commission states its intention to make more data available in order to help data-driven businesses to emerge, grow, and innovate. CLEPA shares the Commission’s views on the value of data for the European economy and society. Therefore, we warmly welcome this approach and, in particular, support the idea of developing a “common European mobility data space” in order to make it easier to use data produced by connected cars, while ensuring that citizens remain in control of their personal data. Sigrid de Vries comments:

“Connected and automated vehicles will generate large amounts of data, which holds great potential for the automotive industry. Under the right framework conditions, the availability of automotive data will allow the development of new business models that help finance the innovation that will assure continued European leadership in the global mobility market. For the success of new services, especially in repair and aftermarket, independent and unmonitored access to in-vehicle data and resources must be ensured for third parties.”

CLEPA also welcomes the Commission’s proactive and supportive approach towards the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its objective to make Europe a frontrunner in this new technology. We support the incentives proposed to boost the development and uptake of AI across the EU economy. We also agree that ensuring citizens’ trust and acceptance is crucial. However, automotive suppliers believe that a balance must be achieved to ensure that this goal does not stifle innovation, which could reduce the safety benefits that automated vehicles can bring. Sigrid de Vries says:

“Advanced driverless technology needs to be embedded in a regulatory framework, and public acceptance of future driverless cars and trucks needs to be increased. CLEPA fully supports the Commission’s objective to review existing EU legislation and adapt it to better address the risks of safety and liability in the context of AI. The risk-based approach adopted by the Commission is the right one to prevent the regulatory framework from being overly prescriptive and disincentivise innovation in this emerging field. However, automotive suppliers must also caution against one-size-fits-all approaches: AI for automated cars is highly complex and must make quick real-time decisions. This differs widely from AI applications for other fields, and should be reflected in any regulatory or policy approach.”

 

CLEPA PR on Just Transition Fund: Ensure European competitiveness, balance inevitable disruption

The European Commission has today adopted the regulation creating the Just Transition Fund and the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan and presented the proposals to the European Parliament.

in CLEPA, 14-01-2020


We welcome the launch of the Just Transition Fund and the Sustainable Europe Investment Plan. Both have to be seen in conjunction with the ambitions of the European Green Deal towards climate neutrality and mutually reinforce each other,” says Sigrid de Vries, Secretary General of the association of the automotive suppliers’ industry in Europe.

The automotive suppliers’ industry in Europe is a driving force behind the transformation to sustainable, safe, and smart mobility. We support the Paris agreement and are ready to contribute to a reliable, technology-open, and ambitious regulatory framework to achieve its objectives.

We urge the European legislators to build on Europe’s strengths — the single market, the continent’s advanced technology competence, its high value-add industrial base and global competitiveness — and to provide the supportive regulatory framework and financial support needed to master the monumental tasks unfolding and maintain manufacturing and employment in Europe.

Climate policies must be deeply intertwined with a coherent industrial strategy to strengthen our competitiveness and power to innovate, in order to ensure that the three pillars of the sustainability triangle, i.e. environmental, economic and social policies, are balanced. Such balance is precarious and climate protection needs to condition the strategies towards a sustainable economy as much as the social and economic dimensions should.

The fact that a Just Transition Fund will be needed, is ominous. Hence, only in cases where disruption of industries cannot be avoided, it should serve to balance the impact.