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(Do X…) to organise and manage an orderly and just decline of the automotive industry [Public Policy Proposal stub] Open to a working group

Submitted by Sergio Arbarviro the 16/7/2017 16:14
The automotive industry has an enormous importance in terms of (1) environmental impact, (2) contribution to mobility and (3) economic value added and employment. Automotive use and production should decline over the next century - but this decline must be managed responsibly.
Political domain, Work - Employment, Ecology - Sustainable Development, Industry, Land use planning & Geographic cohesiveness
Inactive Working group with 1 member

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What is the problem / the issue?

The automobile is one of the main components of the unsustainable "Western" lifestyle. It has structured the urban planning of our cities, and is responsible for 12 to 28% of the total environmental impacts of human activities (depending on the nature of the impact: climate change, eutrophication, acidification…) in a developed area such as the European Union1. As such, automobile manufacturing and use is consistently among the top 3 sources of environmental impact (whatever the nature of the impact), together with food and housing. This means that the reduction in Greenhouse Gases Emissions by 80 to 95% compared to 1990 levels in the EU is only possible by achieving a very sharp decline in the automotive usage – and production.

On the other hand, passenger cars account for 83.4% of all of inland passenger transport in the EU-28 in 2014, expressed in passenger-km2, and the automotive industry employs 12 M people in the EU alone, and represents 4% of the region's GDP3. When compared to manufacturing alone, the automotive sector represents 8.5% of the value added of manufacturing in the EU, and 6.5% of manufacturing jobs, with some Member States where this share is much higher, e.g. 15% of industrial value added in Germany, or 14% in the Czech Republic and 12.5% in Slovakia. The industry is actually even more concentrated geographically, with some regions, such as that of Braunschweig or Stuttgart in Germany, where it accounts for 13 and 11% of all jobs respectively (not only those in manufacturing), or that of Stredni Cechy around Prague (8% of all employment)4.

This decline in the automotive usage and production is thus both very important to achieve essential sustainability goals – and extremely difficult to achieve, both socially and economically. It is thus necessary to anticipate, to organise and to manage this decline in an orderly and just way, in order to take into account (1) the needs of climate and other environmental sustainability goals, (2) the mobility needs of current car users, and (3) the economic and social needs of the workers in this industry – and of the regional communities where they are concentrated.

1European Commission, Joint Research Centre, 2006, "Environmental Impact of Products (EIPRO)", accessible at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/ipp/pdf/eipro_report.pdf

4AlphaMetrics - Groupe Alpha, 2008 "Employment, Skills and occupational trends in the automotive industry", http://ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=3049&langId=en

Why is the problem / the issue important?

The issue of organising the decline of the automotive industry exists because it is quantitatively important, in terms of (1) environmental impact, (2) contribution to mobility and (3) economic value added and employment.

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