China Association of Automobile Manufacturers

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Beijing, China
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Climate Lobbying Overview: China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) appears to have limited and mixed positive and negative engagement on climate policy. It has communicated a positive top-line position on climate policy, however, the organization does not appear fully supportive of a strong carbon price and low-carbon energy transition.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: CAAM appears to have communicated a positive top-line position on climate policy. According to an October 2021 press release published on the China Auto Supply Chain Conference website, CAAM has communicated a clear and detailed position on climate science in a speech delivered at the conference. In an interview reported by China Auto Pictorial in April 2021, CAAM appeared supportive of China’s 2060 carbon neutrality target and 2030 carbon peak target. In an article authored by CAAM’s vice president An Tiecheng, originally published on the magazine Automobile Experts Commentary in August 2021, the organization called for government policy to clarify the decarbonization pathway for the automobile sector. CAAM has not communicated positions on the Paris Agreement and IPCC aligned global GHG emission targets.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: As of August 2022, CAAM appears to have limited and mixed engagement with climate change regulations in China. In a September 2021 article published on the Auto Review, an online news site owned by CAAM, the Vice Secretary of CAAM, He Yi, supported setting up carbon tax to induce more purchase of low-emission vehicles, whilst at the same time also suggesting an “effective combination” of carbon tax with current taxes, including fuel tax, automobile consumption tax, et cetera, with unclear impact on the price of carbon. In the same September 2021 article, He Yi did not support the participation of the auto sector in emissions trading, instead arguing in favour of a credit trading system as an alternative for the sector. In an August 2021 article, Vice President of CAAM An Tiecheng published an article on Automobile Expert Commentary where he called for strengthening average fuel consumption standards to limit carbon emission in vehicles and supported the dual credit policy, a mechanism that promotes new energy vehicles (usually refers to battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and the fuel cell vehicles) and imposes a fuel efficiency standard.

Positioning on Energy Transition: CAAM appears to have a mixed position on the low-carbon energy transition. In an interview reported by Auto Review in June 2021, the vice secretary of CAAM Shi Jianhua supported decarbonizing the automotive sector with green hydrogen, whilst at the same time appeared critical of government subsidies for electric vehicles, arguing that the subsidies restricted opportunities for other types of technology and products, such as hybrid vehicles. In a March 2021 interview reported by Auto Review, vice president of CAAM Fu Binghui supported developing green hydrogen, nuclear, as well as the clean and efficient utilization of coal.

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