UK Automotive Manufacturing Carbon Footprint Falls to Lowest Ever Degree

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The UK automotive business’s manufacturing carbon footprint fell by 11.2% in 2021 in comparison with the earlier yr and is the bottom since information started.

The analysis was gathered by the Society of Motor Producers and Merchants (SMMT) for its annual Sustainability Report — now in its twenty third yr. 

Based on the report, the UK automotive business and its provide chain emitted 81,095 fewer tonnes of CO2 in 2021 in comparison with 2020.

Common car emissions additionally declined by 11.2%. On condition that the common car on UK roads is 9 years previous, the SMMT says that is equal to taking 225,000 automobiles off the street and changing them with the newest fashions. 

Plus, because the flip of the century, the automotive business has reduce its CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tonnes or 70.6%. Once more, that’s equal to taking 900,000 automobiles off the street.

“With the automotive sector nonetheless attempting to get well from the pandemic whereas concurrently transitioning to zero-emission autos, the enhancements made within the sustainability of manufacturing this previous yr is a outstanding achievement,” says Mike Hawes, the SMMT’s Chief Govt.

“The report reveals the business delivering on its commitments, with dramatic reductions in each the power used to make autos and the emissions they launch when on the street. The automotive sector is central to the UK’s carbon discount ambitions and, with authorities assist to enhance UK competitiveness, we are able to be certain that transition continues to create well-paid, clean-tech jobs whereas producing financial prosperity and progress in all areas of the UK.”

The business was additionally in a position to scale back its water utilization per car produced by 6.1% and its landfill waste by 2.6%. In reality, because the millennium, 96.2% much less waste per car goes to landfill. Total manufacturing has elevated by 40.2%. The provision chain has additionally improved its sustainability, with the report’s signatories additionally sending zero waste to landfill and recording a 25.3% discount in CO2 emissions per tonne of product shipped.


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