BRUSSELS—The European tire industry has welcomed ambitious new climate goals set by the European Commission, calling for clear policies and financial support to back the green transition.
The European Commission proposed to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent by 2030 and make the region climate neutral by 2050 in a plan presented Sept. 17.
The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association supported the goals, but said achieving the targets required "close coordination between industry, the European institutions and member states."
Such coordination, it said, should include clear policies on industrial competitiveness, trade, digitalization, skills and mobility.
"To ensure that this level of ambition becomes a reality, it needs to be sustained by equally ambitious financial support so that the green transition is achieved without leaving anyone behind," ETRMA secretary general Fazilet Cinaralp said in a statement.
The European economy and the tire industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. ETRMA said a successful recovery should be supported by a transition to a decarbonized and digitalized industry.
ETRMA welcomes the EU commitment of directing 37 percent of NextGenerationEU to support green projects and 20 percent to boost digital transformation, Cinaralp said.
According to ETRMA, the European tire industry has been committed to reducing the CO2 footprint throughout the tire life cycle and investing in innovative and sustainable mobility technologies.
Tire manufacturers actively have pursued steps to decarbonize their manufacturing facilities throughout the EU, the statement said.
The industry also plays an essential role in greening the mobility sector through optimizing tire technology to improve vehicle's fuel efficiency and developing new digital services in transportation.
Looking toward the 2030 and 2050 goalposts, ETRMA said the tire industry will continue building on these efforts and work closely with European and national institutions support the targets.