The European association of automotive suppliers, CLEPA, has said it embraces the European Commission’s legislative framework, adopted last week, on cutting CO2 emissions from new cars sold in the EU to no more than 130g/km.

Lars Holmqvist, president of the trade association, said the target is tough but achievable.

However he added that the ultimate long-term aim is not only to increase fuel efficiency, but eventually to find an alternative to fossil fuels; only this will have a real impact on averting climate change.

Holmqvist called on the European Commission to back its proposals with additional funding for automotive research and development from its own budget. This would enable the industry to speed up development of innovative technology and new fuels.

In particular Holmqvist said he is interested in second generation bio-fuels, but he noted we are very late in starting to develop them and a lot of work needs to be done to engineer engines to work well with them.

In a statement CLEPA said; “This is 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.”

It also called for the development of other measures such as tax incentives and an improved infrastructure as part of an integrated approach by all stakeholders in the road transport sector.