German Automotive Association (VDA)

InfluenceMap Score
D-
Performance Band
41%
Organisation Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Automotive
Head​quarters:
Berlin, Germany

VDA appears to have advocated against EU NOx policy and reforms to testing procedures. Although the CEO of VDA, Matthias Wissmann, has stated support for Euro 6 regulations, in a submission to the German Government VDA suggests that any measure to reduce NOx emissions will increase CO2 emissions. Although they pledged their support for improved testing to the German government in October 2015, VDA described RDE reform as an innapropriate mechanism for improving air quality in July 2015. They also stated that the WLTP failed to reflect real-world fuel consumption and emissions and proposed a number of revisions to RDE. VDA further advocated delaying the implementation of the second phase of RDE to September 2021. In a submission to the European Commission from October 2014, VDA also appear to have deliberately misconstrued a report by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to advocate for a target Conformity Factor of 7.1 (this figure was used by the ICCT to refer to the average conformity to the Euro 6 emissions standards in 2014). In addition, a considerable degree of complicity appears to exist between VDA and the German Federal Government. Wissmann was a member of the German Bundestag, and served as Minister for Transport alongside Angela Merkel from 1993 to 1998. He has repeatedly influenced against RDE, emphasizing the “huge technical and economic challenges for automotive manufacturers and suppliers.”

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