European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA)

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Brussels , Belgium

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) is actively and negatively lobbying on EU automotive climate policy. In response to the European Commission’s request for comments on the EU’s 2050 Climate Strategy in 2018, ACEA does not appear to have supported an ambitious transition towards low-carbon mobility, alternatively stressing that ‘cost-effectiveness’, not overall emission reductions, should be the overriding principle of a future policy response, and urging the Commission to avoid 'burdening the sector'. In 2015-18, ACEA has strongly lobbied against efforts to establish ambitious GHG emissions standards for the automotive sector for 2021-2030 and strongly opposed the level of stringency set by EU regulators in 2018 & 2019 for both light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles, respectively. In 2019, ACEA secretary general Erik Jonnaert suggested that a review of CO2 targets in 2023 should be used to lower the targets (rather than increase their ambition) if necessary. ACEA has stated support fora 'technology neutral' approach to transitioning the automotive sector towards low-carbon. In response to the establishment of higher CO2 standards by EU regulators in 2018-19, ACEA has repeated its calls to European countries to ramp up certain measures to incentivize LEV and ZEV uptake, including increased construction of infrastructure to accommodate this process. However, in 2017 ACEA opposed binding EV sales mandates and in 2018 continued to advocate against what it sees as a “forced push”. In its response on the EU 2050’s climate strategy, ACEA argued that, whilst electric and hydrogen might be long-term solutions, internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles will remain dominant in the next decade due to the cost of alternatives.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency NS NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Climate Science Stance 0 NS NA -1 NS NS NA NA
Need for Climate Regulation NA NS NA -1 NS NS NA NA
UN Treaty Support NS NS NA NS -1 0 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation 2 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax 0 NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Emissions Trading NS -1 NA 0 NS NS NA NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS NS NA -1 NS NS NA NA
Renewable Energy Legislation NS -2 NA 0 NS -2 NA NA
Energy Policy and Mix 0 0 NA 0 -1 0 NA NA
GHG Emission Standards -1 -1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships 2 NS NA NA NA NA NA NA
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS