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ACEA – Communication/Report

Supportive framework is paramount to the future of vehicle manufacturing in

Brussels, 29/10/2008 - The European automotive industry is experiencing extremely
difficult times with the sharply declining economic circumstances further limiting the
manufacturers’ scope to absorb regulatory requirements and to respond to both
changing and reluctant consumer demand. The industry, which is key to the European
economy, urgently needs a supportive framework to secure its future; and the EU has
the means and tools to make it work.

These are the main conclusions of today’s conference on CARS21 (Competitive
Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st Century*) at the European Commission in
Brussels. Hosted by European Commission Vice-President Guenter Verheugen and with
the participation of five vehicle producers’ CEOs, national ministers and other important
stakeholders, the meeting reviewed progress since the start of CARS21 in 2005, and
agreed on a set of important forward-looking conclusions with regard to the time-frame
of 2020 and beyond.

“The fallout of the financial crisis has only increased the urgency to further improve the
automotive policy framework. Over the past weeks, various manufacturers have
announced they would scale back their production as a consequence of the current
trend. We welcome the fact that the Commission has confirmed the strength and
competitiveness of the automobile industry to be a top priority”, said Christian Streiff,
President of the vehicle manufacturers’ trade association ACEA and CEO of PSA Peugeot

The automobile industry is one of the most regulated sectors in Europe with over 80 EU
directives and regulations, and additionally international UN/ECE requirements, all of
which specify conditions for the registration and use of a vehicle. In the near-term, the
industry is implementing numerous new regulatory requirements including Euro 5/6,
Pedestrian Protection, Electronic Stability Control, CO2 requirements and the General
Safety Regulation.

A supportive framework should consist of four important pillars: so-called ‘better
regulation’, reciprocal trade relations, a low-interest loans package and market

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      The aim of ‘better regulation’, as outlined in CARS21, is to reduce the
       regulatory burden on the industry though simplification and assessing new
       regulation’s impact in advance, to avoid unnecessary costs. The automotive
       manufacturers acknowledge the important work the Commission has done
       with the introduction of ‘better regulation’ principles.

       However, the industry asks EU legislators to enhance the transparency and
       quality of these impact assessments, in particular with respect to setting
       feasible long-term targets. Streiff: “Too often, legislation is designed in a
       restrictive manner with the industry becoming involved in too late a stage
       and without recognition of the constraints of manufacturing vehicles in a
       profitable, durable way. The upcoming CO2 legislation on cars is a glaring
       example, because of the imbalance between supply and demand side
       measures and the lack of sufficient lead-time.”

      EU trade policy should strive for a further trade liberalisation on both
       multilateral and bilateral level. Each bilateral free trade agreement (FTA)
       should ensure the European industry full reciprocity and a real opportunity
       and fair market access on both sides of the negotiating table. In this respect,
       the envisaged conditions for an FTA with South Korea are alarming. The
       country’s exports represent already a significant imbalance compared to the
       import numbers. There is a major risk that EU trade barriers will be
       eliminated to further Korean exports, without offering the European auto
       industry any kind of reciprocity.

      A low-interest loans package (40 billion EUR) would help secure a sustainable
       market for current and newly developed fuel-efficient technologies. Details
       of such a package are currently being discussed with the European
       Commission, the member states and the European investment bank. The
       package would, for instance, provide provisions to sustain investments in
       R&D and new product programmes.

      Market incentives, e.g. in form of scrapping scheme for older vehicles, is a
       further important way of accelerating the take-up of fuel-efficient
       technologies and renewing the car fleet on Europe’s roads, which has a clear
       environmental benefit. In the EU15, cars older than 8 years represent 36% of
       the existing fleet. Their replacement with new cars would result in CO2
       savings of 20 megatonnes per year, or 4.5% of total passenger car emissions.
       There would also be a significant reduction on emissions of nitrogen oxide
       and particulate matter.

The industry welcomes the Commission initiative to set up a task force to explore
technical, regulatory and economical hurdles. The industry is committed to produce
clean, safe and affordable vehicles and wants to ensure further progress while
maintaining a competitive industry in Europe.

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Ljubljana, 3-4.12.2009 – examples
*CARS 21 was initiated in 2005 and championed by the European Commission with
the goal of strengthening the 'engine of Europe', the automotive industry. CARS 21
(Competitive Automotive Regulatory System for the 21st Century) involves national
governments, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the automotive
industry, environmentalists, trade unions, suppliers, consumers and the oil industry.

The aim of CARS 21 is to make recommendations on the regulatory framework of the
European automotive industry “enhancing global competitiveness and employment
while sustaining further progress in safety and environmental performance at a price
affordable to the consumer”.

The CARS 21 initiative is a crucial recognition of the fact that the automobile industry
is key to the EU economy, that regulation does affect its competitiveness and that
this effect should be minimised in the interest of society as a whole. The CARS 21
recommendations also sketch a framework to balance economic and environmental
interests. These interests are not contrary to one another: they should and can be
addressed in a comprehensive, cost-effective way, leading to the results society

New car registrations in Europe fell by 8.2% in September compared to the same
month last year, despite two working days extra across the region. Usually,
September is a strong month for car sales that tend to pick up after the calmer
summer months. In absolute numbers, registrations stalled at 1,304,653 units, or the
lowest September level since 1998. Three quarters into 2008, a total of 11,713,937
new passenger cars were registered, or -4.4% less than over the same period of last

The drop in registrations confirms the aggravating market circumstances, as the
fallout of the financial crisis hits auto manufacturers hard. The credit crunch weighs
on the sector’s ability to finance daily operations and sustain the high level of
investments needed to support the market transition to low-emission vehicles. At
the same time, demand for new cars is weakening because of the deteriorating
economic circumstances. Customers are increasingly hesitant to make large

The ACEA members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler, FIAT, Ford of Europe,
General Motors Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge, Porsche, PSA
Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Scania, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen and Volvo. They
provide direct employment to more than 2.3 million people and support another 10
million jobs in related sectors. Annually, ACEA members invest € 20 billion in R&D, or
4% of turnover.

Useful links:

          Supportive framework is paramount to the future of vehicle
           manufacturing in Europe

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          European Commission Press Release on the High-Level Conference for the
           CARS 21 Mid-Term Review
          Conclusions of the CARS 21 Mid-Term Review





Key Messages

      Weight reduction in cars allows cutting oil consumption by 12 Million tonnes
       and CO2 emissions by 30 Million tonnes

      Zero energy housing is possible thanks to plastics insulation

      One kilo of plastics waste equals one kilo of oil of heating value

      No other material can compete with plastics when it comes to meeting
       technological demands while preserving resources

      Plastics save about 120 Million tonnes of crude oil the equivalent of a row of
       100 KM long of large crude oil tankers

      Energy needed to produce plastic insulation is recovered after only 4 months
       of use

      Plastics are lightweight, easy to make and offer good value for money

      Plastics make a significant contribution to the vital goals of sustainable

      Plastics consume only a small fraction (4%) of Europe’s annual oil and gas

      Plastics are too valuable to throw away

      Energy efficiency is the best way to preserve natural resources

      Renewable energies rely on plastics: solar panels, wind turbines

      Plastics make our life safer: airbags, seatbelts, baby seats, bike helmets,
       medical devices are just some examples

      Plastics enable high performance in sports and contribute to setting new

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      Plastics have enabled telecom and data storage gadgets to be smaller and

      Plastics preserve aroma and freshness of food products in supermarkets

Bioplastics are part of the plastics family http://www.plastics2020challenge.com/

Plastics 2020 challenge

The plastics industry has launched a campaign in the UK to challenge itself,
consumers and government to step up resource efficiency and stop sending plastic
materials to landfill.

The new website www.plastics2020challenge.com hosts an open debate on a range
of plastics issues and is a first for the European industry. A number of topics will be
discussed, including bio-plastics and marine litter.

The industry is pledging several new commitments including to help double the
recycling rate of plastic packaging in the UK by the year 2020.

                               In a radical move, NGOs, are encouraged to take part.
                              The campaign sponsors – PlasticsEurope, the BPF and
                              PAFA - believe that only an honest and open debate
                              can lead to a public consensus on the way forward.

                                Jan-Erik Johansson of PlasticsEurope, commented:
‘through the debate we demonstrate the contribution plastics makes to resource
efficiency by excelling on all the ‘Rs’ of the waste hierarchy’.

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See broadcast: John Taylor of the Plastics 2020 Challenge explaining plastics
recycling on BBC Breakfast (7 July 2009).

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Yellow card! 2009 Swedish EU Presidency checklist
25 June 2009

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Yellow card Reinfeldt!

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The boots are on and the referee is about to blow the whistle: the Swedish
Presidency is almost underway. But before the game has even started, Greenpeace
has ranked the Swedish government for its performance in the lead up to this crucial
moment. We have judged the country’s readiness to undertake the tasks at hand in
the most important environmental issues on the EU agenda during the second half
of 2009. We also rank the Swedish government’s track record at home for the same

The Swedish Presidency gets a yellow card for playing dangerously in a number of
areas, including climate policy, fisheries policy and policies on chemicals. It gets a red
card for its attitude towards genetically modified organisms. Overall, the Swedish
government gets a yellow card and a warning: for a successful Presidency, Sweden
must push harder on the environmental flank.


Social responsibility

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In addition to the training and professional development opportunities which we
offer our employees - in accordance with business needs - we also deliver better
futures for thousands of people through our training and education programs.

Supporting children and young people is high on our social responsibility agenda. As
a founding partner and largest sponsor of Teach First Germany, we are committed
to promoting greater equality of opportunity in education and to providing individual
support to children and young people in Germany.

We support many initiatives with a special focus on children and young adults. Many
of our education-related projects support the realization of the UN's Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs).

Corporate, global and regional initiatives

Challenging internships at our Corporate Headquarters and at locations around the

      We partner with AIESEC, the world's largest student organization. We
       provide challenging internships for students around the world. We are both
       an Alumni Network Partner and a Global Exchange Partner.
      We support capacity-building efforts by helping to bridge the digital divide.
       As part of our commitment, we contribute our core competence in the
       management of complex transportation and logistical processes. We have
       partnered with World Links to help them transport donated computer
       equipment to schools and communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America
       supporting MDG Goal 8 (Develop a global partnership for development).
      Since 2006, Deutsche Post DHL has been supporting the International Yehudi
       Menuhin Foundation IYMF with the goal to facilitate dialogue between
       different cultures through art. After a successful concert together with the
       IYMF at the DPWNight 2006, IYMF artists from Africa, Latin America and
       Europe performed at the DPWNight in Brussels in November 2007, under the
       motto "Rhythmic Dialogues". In addition, Deutsche Post DHL produced a DVD
       of this show, which will be used to promote the work of the foundation to a
       wider public.

Teach First Germany

As a founding partner and sponsor of 'Teach First Germany', the Group is committed
to promoting greater equality of opportunity in education.

       Teach First Germany is working to break down educational barriers and
       provide support to underprivileged children and young people. Since
       February 2009, Deutsche Post DHL is getting involved with the initiative as a
       founding partner and the largest sponsor. Furthermore all activities in the

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       area of education are in future to be combined into a group-wide program
       and expanded in a targeted manner.

Traffic safety education

We support projects which help educate children about traffic safety, for example:

      Deutsche Post DHL supports traffic safety educational programs for children
       in cooperation with ADAC (the German automobile association).
      DHL Supply Chain truck drivers teach children about road safety. The Trucks
       and Child Safety (TACS) program, which is delivered free of charge, aims to
       teach children aged 7 to 11 about road safety by creating a greater
       awareness of large vehicles and their associated dangers

f) DEUTSCHE BANK in Brussels



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