European automakers and fuel suppliers argue for diesel as they call on policy makers to accelerate fleet renewal
In an open letter to EU policy makers, leading representatives of the automotive and petroleum refining industry in Europe called on policy makers to help accelerate fleet renewal and the introduction of the cleanest vehicles and committed to keep pushing the technical boundaries in order to find ever better ways of combining the customer benefits of diesel—fuel economy and low CO2—with continuously reduced emissions.
The associations pointed out that political measures restricting the rollout of the new generation of diesel technology would undermine existing efforts to cut CO2 emissions.
The letter from the Presidents of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA, currently headed by Carlos Ghosn); the Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst (AECC); the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA); and FuelsEurope, representing the European Petroleum Refining Industry, was sent to representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament and Council.
European vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers, in cooperation with the refining industry, lead the world in the development of state‐of‐the‐art diesel engine technology. We have introduced high‐efficiency diesel engines and diesel particulate filters that eliminate almost all particle emissions from the exhaust tailpipe. The very latest generation of diesel technology combines clean diesel fuel, advanced engines and effective emissions control mechanisms.
… Since 1992, the EU has introduced increasingly stricter limits on vehicle emissions through a series of ‘Euro’ standards, and the industry has played its part by demonstrating technical feasibility as a basis for those standards. The latest and most stringent of these standards is Euro 6. New car types already comply with Euro 6, and from 1 September 2015 all new cars sold will have to meet this standard. Criticisms that Euro 5 cars fail to deliver real‐world improvements compared to the laboratory test cycle conditions are also being addressed. Euro 6 will require real‐world emissions testing of cars for the first time. The automotive industry is actively supporting these developments.
Technical innovation has helped progressively to lower vehicle emissions—over the last 15 years, NOx limits for diesel engines have been reduced by 84%, and particulates by 90%. Diesel cars, having significantly lower CO2 emissions per kilometer, are essential to manufacturers’ efforts to reach the EU’s 2021 CO2 fleet average targets and thereby help reduce road transport CO2 emissions and mitigate climate change. With continuing efficiency improvement, diesel will continue to be essential in meeting post‐2021 targets.
Political measures restricting the rollout of the new generation of diesel technology would therefore undermine existing efforts to cut CO2 emissions. Such measures make no sense from an environmental point of view.—from the joint letter
ACEA’s members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Iveco, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel Group, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group.
AECC is an international non-profit scientific association of European companies making technologies for engine exhaust emissions control. The members of AECC are companies operating worldwide in the research, development, testing and manufacture of key technologies for emissions control.
CLEPA is the European Association of Automotive Suppliers. 113 of the world’s most prominent suppliers for car parts, systems and modules and 24 national trade associations and European sector associations are members of CLEPA, representing more than 3,000 companies, employing more than 5 million people and covering all products and services within the automotive supply chain. Based in Brussels, CLEPA is recognised as the natural discussion partner by the European Institutions, United Nations and fellow associations (ACEA, JAMA, MEMA, etc).
FuelsEurope’s 42 members account for almost 100% of petroleum fuels refining and more than 75% of motor fuel retail sales in Europe.