Transport is a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions, together with agriculture, industry, and the built environment. Road transport accounts for 75% of the emissions from the sector and its impact is set to grow. By 2050, the number of cars on our roads is expected to more than double.
The significant impact on climate stemming from the fuel that powers our cars is well-known but the impact of manufacturing them is often overlooked. Producing the steel, plastics, glass, aluminium, rubber, paints, and other components that go into vehicles is very carbon intensive. As a result, the largest 12 automotive manufacturers globally generate more greenhouse gases a year than the entire European Union.
Electrifying transport can solve part of the problem - it will halve the emissions from vehicles on average. But to solve the remaining half, it’s key to transition to a circular economy for cars.