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CO2 vehicles emissions regulation for 2020: time to decide


03 Oct 2013


Climate & Environment
EU Priorities 2020

EU Members States still need to endorse the compromise agreement on CO2 2020 emissions targets reached on 24 June during a Trilogue meeting between the Commission, EP and Council.

The 2020 CO2 targets offer a clear and stable legal environment for investment, and will further stimulate innovation by vehicle producers and component suppliers. In addition, fuel efficiency can create high-skilled jobs in engineering and advanced manufacturing.

“CLEPA believes that the 95 g/km for cars and 147 g/km for vans targets are the best compromise between costs and CO2 emission reductions and they will help strengthening the competitive advantage of the European automotive industry. The retention of super credits and eco-innovation for low emission vehicles will boost the development of breakthrough technologies", said Mr Jean Marc Gales, CLEPA CEO.

The European car market is declining and will stay at the current low level for the next 2 years, at least. Direct job losses at the level of OEM or Tier 1 supplier have further consequences alongside the supply chain and for the entire economy. It is estimated that in case of closures of 10 vehicle manufacturers’ plants with an average of 2,500 employees this will entail around 75,000 redundancies in the suppliers industry and in total 100,000 direct job losses in the automotive industry.

Our ability to remain competitive and to innovate relies on smart regulation. The EU needs to adapt and consistently implement a supportive and enabling regulatory framework to increase the competitiveness and excellence of the European automotive industry.

“Smart regulation would bring about safer, greener and more interconnected cars that would reinforce the European technological leadership”, said Mr Jean Marc Gales.

The European automotive suppliers industry is a global technology leader, largely due to its yearly investments of €18 billion in innovation. For years, European suppliers have registered the most patents for innovations in emissions and safety.  “We absolutely need to keep high-level research and innovation in Europe and that requires long lead times. That is why policymakers should deliver a predictable regulatory framework with sufficient planning certainty and opportunities to restore growth in Europe”, concluded Mr Jean Marc Gales, CLEPA CEO.


Note to Editors

CLEPA is the European Association of Automotive Suppliers.

110 of the world's most prominent suppliers for car parts, systems and modules and 25 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 recognized 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 employs directly 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, 18 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,