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Issue No. 1, 2008

Commission moves towards binding measures to tackle CO2 emissions from new passenger cars

Until recently, the Commission's CO2 emissions-reduction strategy was based on voluntary commitments by the car industry, which pledged to improve new-vehicle fuel efficiency on a gradual basis.  The December 2007 regulatory proposal for "Setting emission performance standards for new passenger cars" confirms the Commission’s decision to abandon "voluntary agreements" in favour of binding measures.

eCall system timeline in doubt

"eCall" is short for "pan-European in-vehicle emergency call".  A study conducted by the European Commission suggests that eCall would cut accident response time by up to 50% in rural areas and by up to 40% in urban areas.  The earlier availability of medical attention could save up to 2,500 lives every year across the EU.  Member States, however, are slow to commit to the system's implementation, which would suggest that a longer lead time is needed for its introduction.

Design protection under threat

The Commission proposal to increase competition in the automotive spare parts market seeks to provide consumers with greater choice and value when purchasing "visible" replacement auto parts such as bonnets, bumpers, doors, lamps, rear protection panels, windscreens and wings.

The proposed amendment to Directive 98/71/EC raises significant concerns for JAMA's members.  JAMA sees no rationale for the EU to withdraw design protection from spare parts, particularly when the benefits for EU consumers have yet to be demonstrated.  Enactment of the proposed amendment could also have a daunting global impact.

JAMA promotes integrated approach at Bali climate conference

The December 2007 Bali climate conference (COP 13) represented the start of negotiations towards a new global climate change agreement that will replace the Kyoto Protocol as of 2012.  Thousands of government officials, industry lobbyists, environmental campaigners and observers participated in a range of meetings on the sidelines of the summit.  During one such session, Michinori Hachiya, chairman of JAMA's Global Environment Subcommittee, addressed delegates on "Possible Sectoral Approaches to Road Transport CO2 Reduction" and Japan’s efforts to date in that regard.

Japanís new engine technology

By Peter Nunn