Greenpeace: Automobile makers displaying sluggish progress on decarbonizing provide chains

Whereas electrical automobile gross sales proceed to rise worldwide, automotive provide chains are lagging behind the required tempo of decarbonisation, based on a brand new report from Greenpeace Asia.

This yr Suzuki obtained the bottom rating in Greenpeace East Asia’s annual auto rating, adopted by Nice Wall Motor and Toyota. China’s largest automaker, SAIC, noticed the best quantity of electrical automobile (EV) gross sales, however took simply third place within the rating attributable to its sluggish progress on provide chain decarbonization.

“Sadly, automaking giants like Toyota, Volkswagen and Hyundai aren’t lowering their emissions as rapidly as many individuals consider,” stated stated Greenpeace East Asia Deputy Program Director, Ada Kong. “Regardless of fast progress in EV gross sales, a staggering 94 p.c of vehicles bought final yr by the world’s greatest conventional automakers had been powered by fossil fuels. Trade leaders like Toyota and Hyundai proceed to flood the roads with combustion engine autos and a rising variety of SUVs. Main automakers have to speed up the shift away from fossil fossils, relatively than boasting about their minimal EV gross sales share.”

The rating evaluates the world’s 15 largest conventional automakers on their phase-out of combustion engine autos, provide chain decarbonisation, and useful resource discount and circularity.1 Findings are primarily based on Greenpeace evaluation of MarkLines information.

Key findings
Suzuki, Nice Wall Motor and Toyota obtained the bottom scores within the rating. Toyota is the world’s largest automaker, but fewer than one in 400 autos bought by Toyota in 2022 had been battery electrical autos (BEVs). Suzuki bought zero BEVs in 2022.

Mercedes-Benz and BMW obtained the highest scores on this yr’s rating, however each automakers proceed to promote extra combustion engine autos than is appropriate with limiting the worldwide common temperature enhance to 1.5˚C.

SAIC reported the best quantity of EV gross sales, however took simply third place attributable to its sluggish progress on provide chain decarbonization. In 2022, three out of ten autos bought by SAIC had been EVs.

Nice Wall Motor and Hyundai-Kia proceed to develop their SUV gross sales, worsening local weather threat. In 2022, the share of SUVs in Hyundai-Kia’s whole gross sales surpassed 50% for the primary time. As a consequence of excessive metal consumption and low gasoline effectivity, SUVs have a bigger carbon footprint than smaller autos.

Conventional automakers have bought few EVs outdoors of China and Europe. SAIC is the one automaker included within the rating with sizable zero-emission automobile gross sales in India, Thailand, and Indonesia. Automakers proceed to promote excessive numbers of combustion engine autos within the International South, which is inconsistent with the automakers’ local weather commitments.

Greenpeace urges automakers to undertake bold zero-emission automobile transition methods worldwide. Automakers ought to finish the sale of combustion engine autos in Europe by 2028 and within the US, China, Korea, and Japan earlier than 2030. The transition to electrical autos should be carried out alongside funding in battery recycling, decarbonisation of the metal provide chain, and a simply transition for auto business staff.

“In the end, we’d like conventional automakers to dramatically velocity up their adoption of electrical autos. Manufacturers like Toyota and Hyundai face a really actual market risk from all-electric vehicle-makers like Tesla and BYD, however within the face of evolving expertise, they’re dragging their toes,” stated Kong.

[1] Electrical-focused automakers are excluded from the rating, together with BYD and Tesla.

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