03_18 Final talks on the adoption of the Clean Mobility Package are under way

In November 2017, the European Commission presented its Clean Mobility Package. The final talks of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe on the adoption of the Package are under way. The key legislative proposal in the Package is the one dealing with future CO2 standards for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (also known as vans).

Looking ahead, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) believes that further reductions of CO2 emissions from cars and vans beyond 2020 are possible – although at rapidly increasing cost and coming with certain socio-economic implications.

Europe will need to recognise that new CO2 targets go hand in hand with structural changes that will have a strong impact on the entire automotive value chain. Hence, it is essential to get the timing and ambition level of the post-2021 CO2 targets right.

To that end, this position paper makes nine key recommendations in reaction to the European Commission’s recent proposal.

1)      Focus on a 2030 target

2)      Include a conditionality mechanism

3)      Set a 2030 ambition level of 20% for cars

4)      Set a 2030 ambition level significantly below 20% for vans

5)      Revise the low-emission vehicle benchmark

6)      Rule out a low-emission vehicle mandate

7)      Recognise the importance of modalities

8)      Address the specific situation of vans

9)      Keep key principles of existing legislation