Transportation industry manufacturing groups call for cooperation on emissions and energy issues
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and European, Japanese and American heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturers announce initiatives aimed at combined efforts to address industry sustainability concerns.
Two transportation industry groups announcedseparate calls to actions for cross-industry steps to address CO2 emissions andenergy efficiency. There announcements were as follows:
- The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers announced the launch of anew Web site called DrivingSustainability.com to focus on the need for an integrated, economy-wide approach to CO2reductions.
- The world's leading heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturingcompanies urged the close cooperation between policy makers in Europe, theUnited States and Japan todevelop practical and effective fuel-efficiency measurement metrics,methodologies, and regulations which could then be used all around theglobe.
Related to the first announcement, the Alliance for AutomobileManufacturers said that a national program to address CO2 emissions has become apriority to automakers because a national fuel economy program would allowmanufacturers to average sales nationwide, so customers in all 50 states cancontinue to buy the types of vehicles they need for family, business, andleisure. That Alliance claims that a national program would also help avoidconflicting standards from different regulatory agencies, and give automakers thecertainty needed for long-term product planning-thereby delivering overallgreenhouse gas reductions equal to or better than those that would be realizedunder separate programs by different regulatory bodies.
"Automakers are selling nearly 200 models ofautomobiles that achieve 30 mpg or greater on the highway.
Consumers can nowtest drive 47 models of hybrids or clean diesel in dealer showrooms. And moretechnology is on its way to market," said Dave McCurdy, president and CEOof the Alliancefor Automobile Manufacturers. "We will need to use every engineer we haveand every investment dollar available to make our vision of sustainablemobility a reality. And, we are going to need Americans to buy our clean,fuel-efficient autos in large numbers in order to meet this climate changecommitment."
Related to the second announcement, more than adozen chief executives of the global commercial vehicle industry, includingCaterpillar, Cummins, Daimler, Hino, Isuzu, Iveco, Mack, MAN, Mitsubishi Fuso,Navistar, Nissan Diesel, Scania, Volvo, and Volkswagen, met to discuss theissues of climate change and global energy security, but also covered globalair quality-related emissions standards, improved fuel quality, andspecifications for renewable fuels.
During this meeting, the executives discussed howthe global harmonization of technical standards affecting heavy-duty enginesand vehicles could further improve environmental performance and road freightmovement efficiency.
Among the key topics addressed at the meeting were:ongoing activities in Japan, U.S., and EU on fuel efficiency of heavy-dutyvehicles; progress in developing a globally accepted method for thecertification of heavy-duty hybrid electric vehicles; the use of computersimulations to evaluate fuel efficiency of the diverse commercial vehicleconfigurations and usage; and the positive outcome of the UNECE (UnitedNations Economic Commission for Europe) efforts in establishing a globaltechnical regulation for gaseous emissions testing of heavy-duty engines.
As a result of the meeting, the executives agreedto initiate through the International Organization of Motor VehicleManufacturers a proposal to UNECE to develop a certification procedure for heavy-dutyhybrid electric vehicles and to ask UNECE to address this issue with urgency.
In relation to exhaust emission requirements, themanufacturers also agreed to recommend the introduction of legislativerequirements regarding market fuels, in order to ensure that the appropriate,high-quality fossil and renewable fuels are globally available for today'svehicle technologies. The commercial vehicle industry will work with the oilindustry to underline the importance of this issue and ensure a constructivedialogue.
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