IG Metall and German automotive association, Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) have set out requirements for European and national climate protection policy, which formulate “challenging but realistic targets,” at the Frankfurt IAA.

“For us, the IAA 2017 is the platform for an intensive public debate on the development of climate protection policy in the European Union, which is of the utmost urgency as the expected CO2 regulation sets the course for the future of the automotive industry and its employees” said IG Metall chairman, Jörg Hofmann through a basic translation service.

For his part, VDA president, Matthias Wissmann added: “In the national climate protection plan of the Federal Government, too, a balance should be established between economy, ecology and social balance.

“The next regulation must be both challenging and feasible: Brussels and Berlin are the key framework for technology, investment and, above all, locations and jobs in the European automotive industry by 2030.”

German Federal Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, as well as high-ranking representatives from politics, trade unions and industry, discussed the issues at the IAA in Frankfurt.

“Only by a joint effort of industry and politics can a 15% to 25% share of the electric vehicle be reached in Europe by 2025,” added Wissmann.

“And only if customers actually buy significantly more electric cars and other alternative drive forms, are demanding CO2 targets in Europe achieve [d]. “

A statement from IG Metall also noted electromobility would significantly change car production with many thousands of jobs affected. A recent study by the Ifo Institute showed in Germany around 600,000 of today’s industrial jobs depend directly or indirectly on the internal combustion engine. 

“A simple ban on this technology, which is so important to Germany as a location, would be a mistake and technology-driven regulation that would allow companies to reach emission targets would be smarter,” said Wissmann.

“If it were also possible to make a breakthrough for synthetic fuels from renewable energies, cars with an internal combustion engine could become carbon neutral.”