Fuel Economy & Greenhouse Gases

Our members are manufacturing more fuel-efficient and cleaner vehicles than ever before. Fuel economy has improved 16 percent since 2008, and light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions have dropped by 20 percent since 2005. Global Automakers and our members support continued, annual improvements in fuel efficiency and policy mechanisms that incentivize advanced technologies while balancing priorities like affordability, safety, jobs, and the environment.

Why Do the Standards Need to be Adjusted?


What Should Future Standards Look Like?

First and foremost, fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards must continue to improve each year, while providing the freedom and incentive to innovate. The standards should allow for several ways to provide real emissions reductions, such as with air conditioning and off-cycle technologies that improve efficiency and lower emissions, while also considering the specific needs of manufacturers, whether full-line or small volume. The standards should consider technology trends and encourage manufacturer investment in advanced technologies that will be needed to meet future environmental goals, like electrification. The government can and should provide the right atmosphere for innovation and leadership to ensure a competitive U.S.-based automotive industry and balance these goals along with priorities like affordability, safety, and the environment.

Not only is the world market shifting to low-carbon transportation, but investments made in today’s products need to be profitable to fund the transformative shift expected in the future. In addition, the United States should aim to be a leader in automotive innovation, which can be supported by smart regulations.

Global Automakers supports strong, achievable standards that account for the needs of the consumer, the environment, and the economy.

Why a National Program?

Global Automakers and our members want a unified national program that brings together the three agencies – Environmental Protection Agency, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and California Air Resources Board – into a coordinated approach for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing fuel economy. A unified program provides benefits for the widest range of customers, while also continuing annual improvements in fuel efficiency. It reduces unnecessary redundancies and helps sustain manufacturers’ ongoing product investment, which in turn supports jobs, helps manufacturer production facilities, strengthens the U.S. economy, and makes fuel savings available to every American.


What role should California play?

It is critically important that California continue to play a role in creating One National Program to prevent a patchwork of disjointed and costlier regulations. One National Program can also prevent the uncertainty and instability associated with litigation. Failure to come together could have a direct impact on manufacturers’ ability to invest in additional job creation and could mean an increase in vehicle costs in California and other states with California standards.

Our Work

Default Agency Comments Image
September 16, 2019 Agency Comments

Global Automakers Supports Hyundai and Kia GHG Off-Cycle Credit Applications

Default Agency Comments Image
August 30, 2019 Agency Comments

Global Automakers Supports Small Volume Manufacturer Greenhouse Gas Alternative Standards

Default Letter Image
August 12, 2019 Letter

Global Automakers Requests Reconsideration of ARB Letter on MY 2020 Greenhouse Gas Compliance

Default Agency Comments Image
March 08, 2019 Agency Comments

Comments on Delaware GHG Deemed to Comply Amendments