European automotive supplier body, CLEPA, is urging caution on stating any CO2 emissions targets beyond 2020, as work is still moving towards the 95g aim.

"CO2 will arguably be the most important political subject of 2012," said CLEPA president Peter Tyroller at this week's annual reception for the supplier body in Brussels. "95g is not an easy target but we have no doubt the strength of the European industry will allow us to reach that target.

"I would like to warn however, we have to proceed with care about stating targets beyond 2020. Politicians want to give a clear signal 95g is not the end. We will further work on that to define our ambitious target for 2025."

The CLEPA president also took aim at proposals by the European Commission (EC) to tax fuel on CO2 emissions, a move that could potentially see diesel costs increase.

"I would like to reiterate our strong concerns on taxation," said Tyroller. "The EC proposal would...lead to a significant increase in cost. The proposal would lead to higher CO2 emissions and as a European industry, world leader in diesel technology, the proposal would lead to less commercial competitiveness. We reject this proposal."

Tryoller also turned his attention to one of CLEPA's long-running campaigns - vehicle repair and maintenance information (RMI) and the supplier body's efforts to ensure a level playing field for independents.

"Access to repair information is a key issue for CLEPA," he said. "This is a pre-condition for fair competition and the aftermarket. Without access, customers are unable to go to the garage of their choice.

"Despite a clear requirement to provide access, we have not seen any improvement. Individual operators are excluded from repairing cars - a problem that will worsen over time."