How the European car industry plans to meet the climate challenge

In this briefing T&E looks at a new study that highlights the key role CO2 standards for cars, vans and trucks in 2025 and 2030 will play in meeting climate goals for 2030. The study by consultants Ricardo-AEA shows that EU measures will play a very important role in achieving 2030 non-ETS targets and, if complemented with national measures, can put the EU transport sector in a decarbonisation trajectory towards 2050.

T&E also analyses a report by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) which again looked at ways to reduce road transport's greenhouse gas emissions. In the paper ACEA asked specific trade associations what they could do to reduce road transport emissions. At the same time the vehicle manufacturers did not propose any further CO2 standards for vehicles after 2021 or any further improvements in the efficiency of vehicles. Here T&E reviews some of the key assumptions of the ACEA study.