Brussels, Belgium – Leading heavy-duty vehicle and engine manufacturers from around the world are urging policy makers in Europe, the United States and Japan to cooperate on practical and effective fuel efficiency measurements, methodologies and regulations that would then be used around the globe.
The chief executives of the industry, including those from Caterpillar, Cummins, Daimler, Hino, Isuzu, Iveco, Mack, MAN, Mitsubishi Fuso, Navistar, Nissan Diesel, Scania, Volvo and Volkswagen, met in Brussels to discuss opportunities and needs faced by their industry. The discussions focused primarily on climate change and global energy security, but also covered global air quality-related emissions standards, improved fuel quality, and specifications for renewable fuels. The manufacturers agreed to actively encourage global policy cooperation and to provide their expertise to ensure that regulatory developments enhance the industry’s technological progress within realistic time and economic constraints.
“A coordinated global approach for our industry is the most effective way to contribute to achieving global fuel efficiency improvements from the road freight sector,” said Leif Östling, CEO of Scania. “We serve a global market place, and want to avoid conflicting regulations from different regions. That is simply too costly, and impedes technological progress. The world’s leading commercial engine and vehicle manufacturers are well aware of the importance of fuel efficiency to their customers and support global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Global cooperation in developing specific requirements, as well as metrics and methodologies to evaluate fuel efficiency, provides needed elements to further improve the environmental performance of our vehicles and increases the efficiency of goods transport. That will serve both our customers and the environment.”