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Issue No. 2, 2008

Looking to the Future: JAMA publishes an updated report on CO2 emissions

JAMA has issued an update of its report on CO2 emissions entitled Looking to the Future.  This report explains JAMA’s position in regard to the European Commission’s new strategy on CO2 emissions and examines Japan’s approach to road-transport CO2 emissions reduction, as well as Japanese automakers’ CO2-related efforts made so far.

A new EU strategy

The European Commission’s December 2007 proposal represents a key element of the Commission’s strategy to reduce CO2 emissions from passenger cars.  This proposal confirms the Commission’s decision to abandon the “voluntary agreements” that had been reached with manufacturers in favour of binding measures.  The proposal sets out how car manufacturers should reduce their emissions through improvements in vehicle and engine technology.

Since global warming came to the forefront in the 1990s, JAMA members have worked assiduously to minimise the environmental impact of their products and promote measures to counter global warming and improve air quality.  Looking to the Future highlights JAMA’s support for the Commission’s efforts to combat climate change and reduce CO2 emissions.  Nevertheless, JAMA members share many of the concerns that have been raised by European manufacturers over the provisions of the Commission’s proposal.  These concerns regard the following areas in particular: 1) Phase-in procedure; 2) Autonomous mass increase; 3) Credit for eco-innovation; 4) Fair level of compensation payment; and 5) Establishment of a banking system.

Looking to the Future demonstrates JAMA members’ commitment to share their views with EU decision-makers on these important issues over the coming months.  JAMA is convinced that this dialogue will help produce a balanced legislative framework which will address the concerns of the relevant stakeholders.

JAMA’s key principles

In the report, JAMA emphasises two key principles in reducing CO2 emissions.

First is the importance of the integrated approach, central to which is the premise that increased vehicle fuel efficiency alone is not enough to achieve significant reductions of CO2 emissions in the road transport sector.  The integrated approach aims to achieve not only greater vehicle fuel efficiency but also smoother traffic flow, a diversified fuel supply and a more efficient use of automobiles—through, for example, the adoption of ecodriving—on the basis of cooperative efforts made by all the “players” concerned.

Japan has already made progress in the areas of increased vehicle fuel efficiency, improved traffic flow and ecodriving, and the Japanese government has determined that these measures are indeed making significant contributions to the reduction of CO2 emissions in Japan’s road transport sector.

The second key principle is the need for adequate lead time.  Development and production preparation in the automotive industry typically require a lead time of at least five years, which is why JAMA considers it crucial that the enforcement date for the new CO2 regulation be postponed from 2012 to 2015.

To facilitate compliance for all passenger car models by that date, JAMA is also calling for a phase-in procedure whereby the number of vehicles conforming to the proposed regulatory level is progressively increased from 2012 to 2015.

JAMA hopes that this publication will be consulted by all relevant stakeholders in the EU.

The new report is available here.