ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers' Association) is urging a more "comprehensive" approach be adopted to driving down CO2 emissions from vehicle and production processes ahead of next week's COP21 climate conference in Paris.

"It is obvious a more 'comprehensive' approach is necessary to address all aspects that affect emissions during the use phase of a vehicle," said ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert.

"Such an approach seeks to reduce CO2 emissions more effectively by drawing on a full spectrum of solutions, whether this relates to the vehicle itself, alternative powertrains, faster fleet renewal, intelligent transport systems (ITS), improving infrastructure, de-carbonising fuels, or altering driver behaviour.

"The need for a comprehensive approach to further reduce CO2 emissions from road transport should be reflected in the EU's implementation of the COP21 agreement."

ACEA added it wanted the climate negotiations to form the basis of a new "long-term and predictable" policy framework, with the COP21 talks resulting in equivalent conditions for all major emitting economies and industrial sectors around the world.

"Only a level playing field between countries, as well as industrial sectors, will allow the EU automotive industry to make the long-term investments that are necessary to tackle the climate change challenge," noted Jonnaert.