ACEA: Motor industry doing its part in fight for efficiency

The European automotive industry has proven its ongoing commitment to reducing fuel consumption at all levels of the car cycle the ACEA said

ACEA: Motor industry doing its part in fight for efficiency

Writing on the ACEA site, ACEA secretary general Erik Jonnaert said: “The European automotive industry has long been working to fulfil its obligations to reduce the energy use from the sector.”

On the manufacturing side, the total energy used in vehicle production fell by 14.8% to around 37m Megawatt hours per year over the past decade, he said. This translated to a reduction of around 12.4% per car.

On the usage side, he said: “Passenger cars are 33.7% more fuel-efficient today than they were in 1995, with CO2 emissions at 123.4g per kilometre. Vans are on their way to meeting their specific 2020 target, having achieved an average emissions level of 169.2g of CO2 per kilometre in 2014. Finally, heavy commercial vehicles have, since 1965, reduced their fuel consumption by some 60% per tonne of goods carried.”

Jonnaert was writing in advance of the 10th EU Sustainable Energy Week, which will start on 15 June.