The Board of Directors of ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, consisting of all thirteen members’ CEOs, reiterated that the European Commission’s proposed vehicle target of 130 grams CO2 per kilometer by 2012 is not feasible through vehicle technology only.
The ACEA agreed on the general framework and basic principles that should apply to the new EU policy to further reduce carbon emissions from cars, including the incorporation of “appropriate lead time” ahead of a legislative framework because of long development and manufacturing cycles.
“The first feasible date for implementation of new legal requirements is 2015,” said Sergio Marchionne, President of ACEA and CEO of Fiat.
The ACEA position is that effective reduction of CO2 will require substantial effort from all relevant actors involved: the fuel industry, policy makers and drivers in addition to the automotive industry.
Such an approach would combine the ongoing improvements in vehicle technology with a larger use of biofuels, infrastructure adjustments and implementation of traffic management, CO2-related taxation of both cars and alternative fuels, and the adoption of a more economic driving style by consumers.