OEMs produce more cars, but pollute less
Even though the number of cars produced increased from 11.9 million in 2013 to 17 million in 2017, data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) shows that OEMs have significantly reduced the environmental impact of manufacturing over the last 10 years.
The new figures, recently published in ACEA’s Automobile Industry Pocket Guide, show that total CO2 emissions from car production fell by nearly 24 percent since 2008, in spite of production growth. The main contributor to this improvement is the use of energy from renewable and low-carbon sources.
In addition, for each car produced over the last decade, water consumption was reduced by some 31 percent. This was achieved notably by using recirculation technologies for the re-use of water and other long-term strategies to limit water consumption.
Vehicle production has become more complex as cars are adopting ever more complex powertrains and add safety, connectivity and comfort features. Despite this, the energy consumption per car produced decreased by almost 16 percent over the last 10 years. The amount of waste generated per car produced went down by nearly 14 percent during the same period.
Picture copyright: Volvo, 2018