Automotive sector

Energy transition in the automotive sector: risks and necessary initiatives

The current situation which requires an energy transition for the automotive market is not the best, quite the contrary. This is confirmed by Federmeccanica, the association representing metalworking and mechatronics companies together with the FIM, FIOM and UILM unions, which are calling for a meeting to discuss the initiatives and plans needed to deal with the changes underway and to safeguard occupation.

The risks and current situation of the automotive sector

More than 70,000 seats workers would be at risk according to what emerged, of which only 63,000 in the period between 2025 and 203 according to estimates by Anfia – Clepa – PWC. Hence the need to intervene, and as soon as possible, to tackle together the problem of an emergency that “oscillates dangerously between great opportunities and serious risks”.

An industry like the automotive sector in Italy is worth turnover of 93 billion euros, alone is equivalent to 5.6% of the national GDP. There are more than two thousand companies in the sector involved in the manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers, for which about 180 thousand people work, making 7% of national exports of metallurgy, worth 31 billion euros.

And even today, despite the crisis in which we find ourselves and which has caused a notable reduction in domestic motor vehicle production, which has grown from more than 1.8 million in 1997 to the current 700,000 in 2021 (500,000 cars), the entire sector still has a decidedly significant weight in the Italian economy. The aim is to provide some figures which give an idea of ​​the current situation and the urgency of the initiatives to be taken, as called for by the aforementioned social partners.

Initiatives needed to address the problem

The trade unions and Federmeccanica therefore ask the institutions immediate action faced with the risk of deindustrialization of a key sector of the national economy. Discuss urgent initiatives together, put in place public policies and measures to support the demand for motor vehicles to promote the renewal of the vehicle fleet with a view to an energy operation, study the opportunities for revival and development of the sector, c is what is demanded by Federmeccanica and the unions.

“Today is a very important step on the road to Renewal started in 2016 with the Syndicate. Not only have we carried out very important reforms with the latest National Contracts such as the subjective right to training, pensions and the new classification, but we intend to make a contribution to the achievement of other industrial policy reforms, fundamental for the future of our companies, our employees and, more generally, the country. A shared economic view of the Automotive sector was born from the Contractual Observatory, a critical sector for the sector and for the industry which is under strong pressure due to technological and ecological transition. It is necessary that companies, unions and institutions work together to manage and guide change without suffering it, in order to defend and enhance an Italian heritage. We expect the Government to recognize the value of this unity of purpose of the social partners and that it wants to translate it with us into unity of action for the common good”, declared Federico Visentin, President of Federmeccanica on this occasion.