Sustainable mobility: A key priority for the European Automotive Industry

On Friday, March 18th, CLEPA members, during their Annual General Assembly in Brussels, highlighted Sustainable Mobility as the defining challenge for the automotive industry for the year to come.


To achieve this goal, CLEPA has identified the following priorities: the reduction of CO2 emissions post 2020, Gear2030, Safety, RDE, Connectivity, Automated Driving, and the successful conclusion of TTIP. With this in mind, automotive suppliers will continue to support the transition to Industry 4.0 and the implementation of the Energy Union package.


Mr Roberto Vavassori, CLEPA President, said: “We live in challenging and exciting times and today, like never before, we can decide and shape our future. Sustainable mobility is our primary challenge, and to achieve this we need to focus on air quality, safety and digitalisation. The automation of driving tasks is one of the emerging technical evolutions which will contribute to create jobs, growth and driving innovation globally.”


The European automotive industry faces a number of disruptive trends which will affect its future in the long term: Electrification, Connectivity, Autonomous Driving, Advanced manufacturing and Advanced materials.


Regarding decarbonisation of transport, automotive suppliers are developing a wide range of technologies for further CO2 reductions post-2020. CLEPA members see additional potential in increased efficiency of the internal combustion engine and increasing market shares of alternative powertrain vehicles.


Even if a linear continuation of currently demanded reductions will not be possible, automotive suppliers are committed to remaining leaders in CO2 emissions reduction”, highlighted Mr Paul Schockmel, CLEPA CEO.


European Automotive suppliers are one of the largest employers and investors in R&D, spending more than 18 billion euros each year, and collectively employing more than five million people.


At the Annual General Assembly, CLEPA also officially welcomed the following new applicant members:

FTE Automotive, Kautex Textron, Maflow, Varroc Lighting, Tokai Rika, Toyoda Gosei, Panasonic and EKK Eagle Industry.

The Polish Association of Automotive Parts and Distributors, SDCM, is also a CLEPA newcomer.


CLEPA’s continuing growth in membership brings the current number of corporate members to 116. With Poland, the current number of National trade and European sector associations reaches 23.





Note to Editors


CLEPA is the European Association of Automotive Suppliers. 116 of the world’s most prominent suppliers for car parts, systems and modules and 23 National trade associations and European sector associations are members of CLEPA, representing more than 3 thousand companies, employing more than 5 million people and covering all products and services within the automotive supply chain. Based in Brussels, Belgium, CLEPA is recognised as the natural discussion partner by the European Institutions, United Nations and fellow associations (ACEA, JAMA, MEMA, etc.).


Facts about the European automotive industry

  • Some 12 million people are employed in the European automotive industry
  • European automotive suppliers directly employ 5 million people
  • European automotive suppliers invest €18bn in RDI per year. They are one of the biggest private investors into research and innovation
  • Per year, 16 million vehicles are manufactured in Europe, contributing to the stability and growth of the European economy



For more information, please contact:

Mrs Amalia Di Stefano, CLEPA Deputy CEO, Tel.: +32 2 743 91 35

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