Reforming the eco-innovation regulation [Regulation EC 725 (2011)]

Under regulation EC 443(2009)1, the EU wide CO2 emission target for passenger cars is set at 120g/km. This target must be met through improvements to power train performance, as measured by the NEDC test cycle, and credits obtained via the eco-innovation scheme.

In addition to these tools, 10g CO2/km are meant to be saved by way of complementary measures.  

High-performance glazing technologies, in particular solar control glazing, can contribute to reducing CO2 emissions generated by light duty vehicles, which are equipped with mobile air-conditioning systems (MAC). Nevertheless, despite the complex policy architecture described above, to date no regulatory incentive exists to encourage car manufacturers to embrace this fuel and CO2 saving technology.

Glass for Europe supports DG Climate Action’s intention to re-visit the eco-innovation regulation to make the scheme more effective.

Glass for Europe believes that until the benefits of CO2 saving glass technologies are adequately reflected in official CO2 emissions data these technologies should become eligible for eco-innovation.

Changes requested to the eco-innovation scheme

  • Allow technology falling under complementary measures so long that the latter are not developed
  • Consider innovative technologies with an impact on the efficiency of ‘comfort equipment’, as soon as/once the comfort equipment has become relatively standard in new vehicles
  • Review the assessment and level of the innovativeness criterion
  • Lower the 1 g CO2/km threshold to 0.5 g CO2/km to speed up new technologies entry into the market
  • Allow the use of alternative test methods
  • Foresee the possibility of applications from groupings of automotive suppliers

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600450 Reforming the eco-innovation regulation [Regulation EC 725 (2011)]
Date: 15 February 2013

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