VDA Position paper: Fit for 55

    With "Fit for 55," the EU Commission has presented a comprehensive package aimed at reshaping the European Union's climate policy. The German automotive industry supports the goal of making road transport climate-neutral by 2050 at the latest. It is driving the change and relying on innovations and technologies to do so. Part of the Commission's proposal is a revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), which regulates the share of renewable energies in the transport sector and increases it over time. The proposal is a step in the right direction, focusing for the first time on greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions in fuel and electricity for e-vehicles. The move to a GHG quota is welcomed, but the draft remains very cautious about the targets set and is not ambitious enough. The quota for 2030 should be raised from 13 to at least 40% and ambitious targets should also be specified for the period thereafter in order to fully define the transport sector's contribution to climate neutrality. In addition, greater incentives are needed for the use of renewable fuels - especially e-fuels - in road transport.