Switch to greener cars is good for jobs says study
A move towards more fuel-efficient cars and electric vehicles (EV) would have a positive impact on employment according to a new study, which was undertaken on behalf of the European Climate Foundation by the Dutch environmental consultancy, CE Delft. The report’s findings are based on a review of 30 existing research reports commissioned by governments and lobby groups. The study comes ahead of discussions by the European Union (EU) on draft rules setting out how vehicle manufacturers should meet an emissions target of 95 gCO2/km by 2020. Read more...
The report’s authors stress there are many uncertainties in the studies, describing them as partial, fragmented and rather weak in their economic arguments. However, overall, the report concludes that employment benefits are likely for two main reasons. First, the switch to fuel-efficient cars and advanced powertrains can be done in such a way that the total costs of car ownership (purchase costs and mileage costs) are reduced.Second, a final switch to EV manufacturing should enhance the competitive position of EU car manufacturers in the long run.
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CE Delft Study ‘Literature review on employment impacts of GHG reduction policies for transport’