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Issue No. 1, 2012

Commercial vehicle industry meeting calls for global cooperation in promoting regulatory harmonisation

At their annual meeting, which took place in Tokyo on 29 November, the world’s leading manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial trucks and engines called for further progress in regulatory harmonisation and closer cooperation among European, North American and Japanese regulators.  The goal is to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption in road freight transport.

The meeting was attended by the chief executives of more than ten global truck and engine manufacturers, as well as representatives of JAMA, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), and the United States’ Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA).  This ninth meeting of the CEOs was chaired by UD Trucks Corporation President Satoru Takeuchi, who also serves as chairman of JAMA’s Heavy Vehicle Committee.

The discussions at the meeting covered: Adoption of a worldwide heavy-duty emissions certification procedure (WHDC); harmonisation of diesel fuel specifications and regulations; the development of a certification procedure for heavy-duty hybrids; and fuel efficiency improvements and reductions in greenhouse (GHG) emissions.

During the meeting, Mr Takeuchi said that “in addition to their successful efforts to overcome the economic crisis, heavy-duty engine and vehicle manufacturers are also making clear progress in exhaust emission reductions and fuel efficiency improvements.”  He also stated that “accelerated efforts aimed at harmonisation of test procedures and standards are needed to advance the global objective of GHG reductions”, and that “the best approach to reach this objective is for governments and industry to work together.”

The participants agreed on the need for:

The CEOs furthermore agreed to advise their regional secretariats to organise joint experts’ meetings on fuel efficiency improvements and GHG emissions reductions, and acknowledged that transnational/trans-regional cooperation between industry and governments towards global harmonisation can promote improvements for customers and the global environment.

ACEA Secretary General Ivan Hodac extended an invitation to the chief executives to the tenth Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting, to be held next year in Europe.

The press release for the 9th Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting is available here.