The Europe-wide trade association that represents the automotive supplier industry, CLEPA, has said it embraces the European Commission's legislative framework, on cutting CO2 emissions from new cars and vans sold in EU to no more than 130g/km, with complementary measures contributing to a further cut of up to 10g/km by 2012.

CLEPA considers this target as difficult but achievable and said it is fully committed to implementing this measure in order to help our customers.

"However, it must be stated that our ultimate long-term aim is not only to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from cars, but to find an alternative to the use of fossil fuels, only this will have a real impact on averting climate change," said Lars Holmqvist, president of CLEPA. "To make this goal realisable, our industry needs adequate funds from the 7FP, thereby enabling our industry to develop innovative technology, producing alternative, carbon-neutral fuels, which we can use in our cars."

7FP, or FP7, is the Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development set up to fund and promote R&D in the European Union. It is the seventh such programme and runs from 2007-2013.

In an interview earlier this year Holmqvist said that second generation biofuels appear to offer the most exciting opportunity for developing carbon-neutral road transport.

Yesterday, Holmqvist added that this is also a great opportunity for the EU automotive industry to take the innovative lead towards maintaining long-term competitiveness in Europe, in the interests of society as a whole. "We welcome further measures such as the introduction of tax incentives and better education for all drivers, in an improved infrastructure throughout the European Union. In this way CLEPA supports an integrated approach for the automotive industry and all stakeholders."