CO2 post 2020

EU CO2 legislation for passenger cars has largely been a success in driving innovations, lowering CO2 and offering planning certainty. CLEPA members are developing a wide range of technologies for further CO2 reductions post-2020.

We see additional potential via both increased efficiency of the internal combustion engine and increasing market shares of alternative powertrain vehicles. CLEPA members are committed to remaining leaders in CO2 reduction.

There are reasons to believe that a linear continuation of currently demanded reductions will not be possible after 2020. This is, among other things, linked to the costs and market penetration of alternative technologies and the fact that the physical potential of efficiency gains is asymptotic.

We ask the European Commission to take into account the current and likely future industrial strengths of European automotive suppliers in setting future targets. A transparent stakeholder process must be followed before setting future targets.

As far as the integration of the transport sector in the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is concerned, CLEPA is open to studying the issue in support of┬áthe future CO2 regulation. A two-pillar approach combining a CO2 regulation with realistic vehicle targets and ETS for the fuels/energies sector should be investigated as part of a larger ‘well-to-wheel’ approach.