German Automotive Association (VDA)

InfluenceMap Score
E
Performance Band
35%
Organisation Score
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Sector:
Automotive
Head​quarters:
Berlin, Germany

The VDA is lobbying against various strands of German and EU climate policy. In 2016, the VDA opposed the German Climate Action Plan 2050 as too ambitious. Responding to US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017, VDA President Matthias Wissman appears to have argued that Europe should weaken its climate ambition to protect international competitiveness. In January 2018, Wissman called for 'moderation' in Germany, opposing a 95% emission target for 2050 and suggesting that even an 80% target would be hugely demanding. The VDA has criticised climate 'overregulation' in Europe and has stressed that climate should not be prioritised over EU industrial targets. In November 2017, the VDA argued that vehicle CO2 targets proposed under the EU Commission's proposed Clean Mobility Package presented "extreme challenges", having reportedly directly intervened in an effort to remove proposed interim 2025 targets. In response to the EU Parliament's vote for higher vehicle CO2 targets in October 2018, VDA called the decision "more than regrettable", suggested that governments were incorrectly prioritizing climate goals over job security and committed to continue to fight the proposals. Although VDA has advocated for increased public expenditure to support electric vehicle infrastructure, in 2017 the organisation also reportedly directly intervened in the EU policy formation to oppose mandated EV targets in Europe. In 2017, VDA Managing Director Joahim Damasky has argued that combustion engines will remain 'indispensable' for the foreseeable future. VDA has opposed the introduction of a ban on combustion engines as of 2030 in Germany and also advocates against policy enforcing the "politically driven, premature end to the combustion engine" at the EU level.

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Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
NS 1 NA NS NS NS NA NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
-1 NS NA NS -1 0 NA NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
-1 NS NA NS -1 -1 NA NA
Support of UN Climate Process
NS NS NA NS -1 -1 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation
2 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Emissions Trading
0 1 NA 1 1 NS NA NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
-1 -1 NA -2 NS -1 NA NA
Renewable Energy
-1 -2 NA NS NS -2 NA NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
-1 0 NA 0 -1 0 NA NA
GHG Emission Regulation
-1 -1 NA -1 -1 -1 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships
1 NS NA NA NA NA NA NA