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Government told to avoid politics when determining efficiency targets

Date: 26/04/2013 13:37:26
Category: Fuel Efficiency
Author: David Howells

European decision makers have been lobbied to make emission targets based on scientific resources and not political ones, fleetnews.co.uk reports.

Many current targets have set the deadline of 2020 for real change to be achieved. Once this date has passed, however, few are expecting the issue to simply go away, but will instead be subject to more targets and a new deadline, which many say will be the year 2050. This will mean efficiency could remain an issue for at least a generation and that businesses will be encouraged to try such tools as vehicle tracking systems to keep their fuel usage down.

In light of this, the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) has called for future plans to have a scientific grounding, as opposed to being used by political adversaries for point-scoring over their rivals.

The scheme has so far been a success, with Europe not only boasting the best energy-efficiency figures for its vehicles but also converting it into a strong and established lead over its nearest competitors. Now, the ACEA has said this lead can be maintained and real results witnessed, but only if governments are open to using scientific data and forecasts, instead of heading down the path it looks to be, where politics take precedence.

Speaking to acea.be of their calls, ACEA secretary general, Ivan Hodac, explained: "En route to 2050, it is clear that further ambitious targets will need to be set.

"However, it is essential that any post-2020 targets are based on an independent impact assessment. They must not be purely political figures. Unfortunately, it seems that the European Parliament is moving in this direction."

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