Departments

    Traffic & Transport │ Climate, Environment & Sustainability

    Together with its members, the VDA is focusing on a wide range of solutions to make mobility even more environmentally and climate friendly, and sees itself as an innovative driver of the development towards sustainable individual mobility.

    Together with its members, the VDA is focusing on a wide range of solutions to make mobility even more environmentally and climate friendly, and sees itself as an innovative driver of the development towards sustainable individual mobility.

    About the Department

    Together with its members, the VDA is focusing on a wide range of solutions to make mobility even more environmentally and climate friendly, and sees itself as an innovative driver of the development towards sustainable individual mobility. The manufacturers and suppliers of the German automotive industry are convinced that in the long term there is no alternative to clean and climate-friendly mobility.

    All efforts must be directed toward making the vision of climate-neutral transportation a reality.

    Economic success and sustainable action always go hand in hand. With this in mind, the department deals in various circles with all issues relating to environmental and climate protection in the automotive industry. In recent years, the main focus has been on issues relating to CO2 regulation for passenger cars and light and heavy commercial vehicles, materials law and the handling of end-of-life vehicles.

    The German automotive industry is committed to the idea that responsibility for people and the environment does not end at the factory gate, but must be anchored throughout the entire supply chain. The VDA therefore supports its member companies in effectively implementing sustainability within the companies and throughout the entire life cycle of the vehicle: From the selection of materials, through production in Germany and fuel-efficient operation, to closing material loops at the end of the life cycle. Over the past two decades, German automakers have achieved enormous success in conserving resources in manufacturing.

    The VDA is currently working with manufacturers and suppliers to develop a standardized testing and exchange mechanism for evaluating the sustainability performance of companies in the automotive supply chain and mutually recognizing the results. The joint approach is an integral part of implementing corporate due diligence in the automotive supply chain. The aim is to further develop sustainability in the industry. In addition, the VDA is actively involved in a German government initiative to support companies in presenting and implementing human rights due diligence in supply chains.

    The department coordinates the representation of the interests of the automotive industry in traffic policy. The focus is on advocacy for optimal framework conditions for sustainable transport. This includes campaigning for needs-based investment in the road network and optimal use of the network. Also central are efforts to create a regulatory framework in which each mode of transport can utilize and build on its strengths, while at the same time enabling smooth interlinking of modes of transport. On the VDA side, the department also oversees the Urban Mobility Platform, in which German cities and the automotive industry work together to shape the urban mobility of tomorrow. Another priority is road safety.

    The area of expertise looks after around 70 member companies from the German trailer and body industry as well as omnibus manufacturers, which are grouped together in VDA's Manufacturer Group II.

    The member companies of Manufacturer Group II are predominantly medium-sized and often manufacture highly specialized products for their customers - the majority from the business customer sector (B2B). Germany is still one of the world's largest producers of commercial vehicles. Medium-sized companies and businesses are a guarantor of growth and employment. Almost one in five jobs in the automotive industry in Germany is linked to commercial vehicles. 

    The Transport Policy department is responsible for organizing VDA committees for the commercial vehicle industry. The focus is on representing the interests of trailer and body manufacturers and on intensive exchange with German van and truck manufacturers from VDA Manufacturer Group I (manufacturers of motor vehicles and their engines). In addition, the Transport Policy Department is in charge of the secretariat of CLCCR (International Association of the Body and Trailer Building Industry). 

    Götz Schneider
    Traffic & Transportation | Climate, Environment & Sustainability

    Götz Schneider

    Head of Department

    Aida Abdykerimova
    Verkehr & Transport│ Klima, Umwelt & Nachhaltigkeit

    Aida Abdykerimova

    Teamassistenz

    Loic Geipel
    Climate Division

    Loic Geipel

    Specialist Climate Protection Policy

    Dr. Konstantin Zech
    Climate Division

    Dr. Konstantin Zech

    Regulatory Advisor Climate Action, Hydrogen, Fuels

    Michael Püschner
    Division Environment & Sustainability

    Michael Püschner

    Head

    Division Environment & Sustainability

    Dr. Evin Zozan

    Specialist Circular Economy and Sustainability

    Pia Hackert
    Division Environment & Sustainability | RSCI

    Pia Hackert

    Sustainability Expert | Responsible Supply Chain Initiative (RSCI) Secretariat

    Transport Policy Division

    Dr. Michael Niedenthal

    Head

    Dr. Nora Reinolsmann
    Transport Policy Division

    Dr. Nora Reinolsmann

    Specialist

    Dr. Sascha Pfeifer
    Transportation Policy Division

    Dr. Sascha Pfeifer

    Head

    Transportation Policy Division

    Katharina Pollück

    Specialist