On November 25th, the ECF and partners including Renault, Michelin, Valeo and many others, launched a new report that aims to quantify the multiple economic and environmental benefits that accrue from a shift towards zero-emissions vehicles: En route pour un transport durable. The technical and macro-economic analysis focused on a mid-range scenario for deployment of low-carbon technologies in cars and vans, such as lightweight materials, hybridization, e-drive and hydrogen fuel cells.
The findings followed six months of discussion and analysis between the consultants and the expert working group, which comprised the following organisations: Automotive companies Renault, Michelin, Valeo, Saft and Eurobat; Energy and infrastructure companies Air Liquide, ERDF and ABB; materials organisations Lanxess, European Aluminium and Association Française de l’Aluminium; workers union CFDT-FGMM, and the Foundations Nicolas Hulot and the ECF.
Eighty people from industry and civil society, attended the conference at l’Atelier Renault on the Champs Elysees, where they were welcomed by the ECF’s Christoph Wolff, before being presented the findings of the study by Richard Lewney from Cambridge Econometrics. A panel debate on how automotive innovation can create jobs and provide clean air in France then got underway, bringing together Cécile Ostria (Fondation Nicolas Hulot), Eric Muret (ABB France), Philippe Portier (FGMM CFDT), Jean Philippe Hermine (Renault), Pierre-Etienne Franc (Air Liquide),Jean-Luc Di Paola-Galloni (Valeo), and Michel Derdevet (ERdF). This debate was moderated by the ECF’s Abrial Gilbert.