European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA)

InfluenceMap Score
D
Performance Band
49%
Organisation Score
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Sector:
Automotive
Head​quarters:
Brussels , Belgium

Climate Lobbying Overview: The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) appears to be actively engaging in EU climate policy with mixed engagement. While ACEA has a history of negative engagement around key EU climate regulations in the road transport sector, there has been an improvement in ACEA’s overall lobbying, particularly around its support for electrified infrastructure and EU CO2 standards for light vehicles. However, the association maintains regressive positions on a number of other policies, including ICE vehicle phase outs and gas infrastructure.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: ACEA is a supporter of the EU’s goal to become climate neutral by 2050 and the EU Green Deal with ACEA President Oliver Zipse telling EU Climate Commissioner Frans Timmermans that “the association has realized that there must be ambitious goals in order to stop climate change” in March 2021. This contrasts ACEA’s position prior to 2019, when the association would often stress concerns around cost-effectiveness over “absolute CO2 emissions” reductions. However, ACEA has maintained that the EU’s approach to cutting emissions should remain ‘technology neutral’ and, in March 2020, wrote a letter to EU Commission President Urusla Von Der Leyen to consider delaying compliance of climate regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Historically, ACEA appeared to have opposed stronger EU CO2 Standards for Light Vehicles. However, from 2020 onwards, ACEA appears to have shifted its position to one of conditional support based on ‘enabling factors’, primarily around infrastructure build out, as shown in a 2020 press releases in which ACEA Director General Eric- Mark Huitema wrote “We recognise the desire to be a global trailblazer when it comes to climate action, but we will need an unprecedented regulatory shift to ensure all the right enabling factors are secured. Until we have a clearer vision on the accompanying policy framework and the impact assessment, it is difficult to predict what a realistic scenario is in terms of future CO2 targets.” ACEA is also supportive of the extension of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) to road transport, a policy which has been criticized as suboptimal for the sector by many experts as it is unlikely to lead to additional emissions reductions or to achieve the ETS emissions reduction targets, thereby increasing the burden on other sectors in the ETS.

Positioning on Energy Transition: ACEA is a long time supporter of efforts to roll out expanded infrastructure to support the electrification of road transportation, and in April 2021 signed a joint letter with the NGO Transport and Environment supporting substantial and ambitious reforms to the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive (AFID). ACEA has also heavily supported action in the heavy-duty transport sector, stating in a joint statement with Potsdam Institute in December 2020 that commercial vehicles should be fossil free by 2040, although no policy mechanism to support this ambition is laid out. It is also worth noting that ACEA has supported the expansion of gas infrastructure for road transport, for example by signing a joint letter in January 2020 calling on policymakers to support gas infrastructure and called for natural gas’s continued inclusion under the AFID in a February 2020 press release. ACEA has also been highly critical of more stringent policy measures aimed at promoting electrification, in particular sales targets for electric vehicles, which ACEA criticized in its January 2020 report ‘Paving the way to carbon-neutral transport’, stating its preference for technological neutrality’ and stating that the Commission should refrain from (directly or implicitly) mandating certain technologies for specific vehicle segments. In the same report, it also stated that the Commission should also maintain the integrity of the European single market by discouraging national and local bans on specific technologies which can deliver further CO2 improvements. In line with this, ACEA was heavily critical of the UK’s phase out of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2030. ACEA also criticized the EU’s Sustainable Finance Taxonomy for its focus on electric vehicles over low emissions ICE vehicles in comments reported by Euractiv in November 2020. ACEA is also a supporter of an increased role for hydrogen in the road transport sector, as shown in an October 2019 press release, although it is unclear to the extent to which this excludes unabated fossil fuel production.

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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
0 NS NA NS NS NS NA NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 NS NA 0 NS 2 NA NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
NA -1 NA -1 NS NS NA NA
Support of UN Climate Process
1 NS NA 1 NS 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
1 NS NA 0 NS NS NA NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS NA -1 NS NS NA NA
Renewable Energy
2 0 NA 0 NS -2 NA NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 0 NA 0 0 0 NA NA
GHG Emission Regulation
-1 -1 NA 0 -1 0 NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships
2 NS NA NA NA NA NA NA