European automotive aftermarket bands together for sustainability through new association

The official launch of the FAAS as a formal association will occur during the FAAS Sustainability Day, a key part of Futurmotive — Expo & Talks, taking place from Nov. 16-18 in Bologna, Italy.

The Forum on Automotive Aftermarket Sustainability (FAAS), an initiative launched just nine months ago, is set to officially become a non-profit, legally registered European association. With 28 members at the forefront of the aftermarket sector, the FAAS is poised to spearhead sustainability efforts and green solutions in the industry.

The FAAS Secretariat, led by the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) and the European Association of Automotive Aftermarket Distributors (FIGIEFA), is driving the preparations. The aim is to structure a formal governance system, legitimize the FAAS as a legal entity, and launch a campaign to expand its member base. The association also plans to introduce new membership categories to broaden participation and foster increased engagement.

The official launch of the FAAS as a formal association will occur during the FAAS Sustainability Day, a key part of Futurmotive — Expo & Talks, taking place from Nov. 16-18 in Bologna, Italy.

“We are pleased that members are engaged in a journey where actors in the aftermarket sector are joining forces to enhance collaboration, exchange best practices, and foster sustainable initiatives that will have a lasting impact along the entire supply chain,” said Laurence Eeckhout, FAAS coordinator on behalf of FIGIEFA. “Together, we anticipate substantial growth in our membership,  as well as the optimisation of packaging, re-use and re-manufacturing of parts, and digitalization of  logistics.”

“While numerous stakeholders operate within the industry, we all share a common goal,” said Frank Schlehuber, CLEPA’s Senior Consultant Market Affairs, highlighted the significance of joint efforts within the automotive aftermarket. “Effecting meaningful change requires the acceptance and support of all market players. Therefore, a joint initiative involving stakeholders across the value chain is essential to achieve swift and impactful results.”

FAAS, a collaborative effort initiated by CLEPA and FIGIEFA, seeks to unite the automotive aftermarket supply chain in pursuit of more sustainable solutions for the European aftermarket. Currently, FAAS operates four working groups, each addressing different sustainability aspects.

The first group is tasked with studying the automotive aftermarket sector’s CO2 footprint and the impact of keeping a vehicle on the road longer versus replacing it with a new one. The second group focuses on eliminating barriers to component remanufacturing, underlining its contribution to the circular economy and aiming to increase the market share of remanufactured products. The third group is developing a standardized Product Carbon Footprint methodology for all players in the automotive aftermarket sector, aligning it with other European initiatives. Finally, the fourth group is working on optimizing supply chain logistics by forming strategic partnerships and reducing the environmental footprint of shipping.


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