BRUSSELS — The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers' Association (ETRMA) is backing a "green" post-Covid economic recovery, calling for a regulatory framework to achieve "climate neutrality and digital transition."
The ETRMA, which represents represent nearly 4,400 tire and rubber product companies in the EU, said the industry was "fully committed" to the European Green Deal and demanded "a supportive and reasonable timing to the overall changing regulatory framework."
Among other points, the ETRMA called for speeding up the regulatory work on smart mobility. The move, it argued, will enable new digital transportation services and tire data systems that could help economic recovery and sustainable development.
"A lack of timely, comprehensive regulation may cause market failures with regard to technology adoption, platform interoperability and unjustified barriers to competition," the ETRMA said.
In addition, the trade body called on European institutions to support the tire industry's investments in sustainable consumption and production.
This, it suggested, could be achieved through offering incentives for private consumers and public authorities to choose environmentally sound tires and services.
In addition, European institutions were urged to include end-of-life tires in the EU end-of-waste criteria in order to support remanufacturing models and the development of secondary raw materials.
The ETRMA also called on the authorities to increase research and innovation funding to decarbonize the transport sector.