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Issue No. 4, 2007

JAMA addresses the Forum for the Automobile and Society—"How much can the integrated approach contribute to Europe’s cars CO2 policy?"

On 27 November, the Forum for the Automobile and Society hosted a conference in Brussels on the potential contribution of an ‘integrated approach’ to the reduction of car-emitted CO2.

Hiroki Ota, Director General of JAMA Europe, highlighted Japan’s experience with the integrated approach so far.  Mr Ota began by explaining that the Japanese government is seeking by 2010 a transport-sector CO2 reduction of 24.5 million tonnes compared to the 2002 level.  He noted that the efforts of Japanese car manufacturers as regards fuel efficiency are expected to cut a further 21 million tonnes of CO2.  To meet the government target, Ota said, Japan has undertaken action in four distinct areas:

  1. The first area includes measures to promote eco-driving through the wider use of clean-energy vehicles and the introduction of biofuels, as well as the adoption of fuel-conserving eco-driving practices by vehicle users.  These combined measures are expected to cut CO2 emissions by 8.2 million tonnes.
  2. A second area concerns measures to mitigate congestion and promote smoother traffic flow through road infrastructure improvements. Such measures should reduce CO2 by 5.1 million tonnes.
  3. Third are measures to improve goods distribution efficiency through modal shifts to railway and maritime transport, and through greater efficiency in logistics (for example: through freight pooling and the use of larger trucks).  The result should be a cut of 8.4 million tonnes of CO2.
  4. The fourth area involves promoting an even greater use of public transport through the construction of new commuter lines and the enhanced management of traffic demand and transport networks—including bus routes—through the application of advanced information and communications technologies.  These measures should reduce CO2 by a further 2.8 million tonnes.

Mr Ota’s presentation was followed by additional remarks on the integrated approach from a number of stakeholders, including: