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 analysis showed that by 2030 this transition pathway could generate savings for French motorists of around €590 per year, more than offsetting the average technology cost within 3 years. At the national level, this would reduce overall spending on overseas oil imports by around €5.9 billion annually. The shift in spending away from imported fuels and towards domestically produced electricity and hydrogen, and the French automotive and infrastructure value chains, would lead to a mild increase in GDP and a net additional 66,000 jobs in France. CO2 from cars and vans would be cut by 40%, and health-damaging Nitrogen oxides and particulates would be down by 72% and 92% respectively.
The findings followed 6 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 ECF.
Philippe Portier, Secretary General of the union CFDT, said : “From the perspective of workers’ representatives, this study demonstrates that low-carbon technologies are an opportunity to create new domestic jobs in all sectors relevant to the car industry. Current developments concerning testing of vehicles must not be used as an excuse to slow down the transition but should be an opportunity to train employees toprepare for these changes.”
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.