UK automotve production reduces carbon footprint to lowest on record

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UK automotive producers have decreased the carbon footprint of manufacturing to its lowest stage on document.

the SMMT has reported that the trade decreased emissions per car made final 12 months by -2.8%, whereas on the identical time producing a record-high proportion of electrified automobiles (EVs).

Electrical automobiles require extra power to supply, however producers have been in a position to advance the carbon efficiencies of manufacturing, with 2022 CO2 output down by almost 17,700 tonnes – the equal annual carbon discount of greater than 800,000 timber.

The financial savings had been delivered partly by progress in inexperienced tariff power use, whereas producers themselves generated some 4.7% extra renewable power than final 12 months because of continued funding in on-site inexperienced infrastructure, delivering a complete of 46GWh – sufficient to supply as much as 767,000 EV batteries a 12 months.

The UK manufactured a document variety of electrified automobiles final 12 months – a 3rd (30.2%) of all automobiles made in British factories throughout 2022.

Demand for electrified automobiles specifically implies that the typical CO2 tailpipe emissions of recent automobiles fell by -6.9%. On the identical time, producers additional streamlined their recycling and reuse, with the typical quantity of waste per car down by greater than a 3rd (-37.0%).

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief govt, stated: “Britain’s automotive trade is constructing document numbers of zero emission automobiles whereas slicing its carbon footprint to a document low. This double success has been delivered thanks to large investments from producers to decarbonise each their amenities and automobiles. As demand for electrical automobiles continues to develop at house and abroad, the UK can distinguish itself as a low-carbon manufacturing nation – however this relies on vital funding in gigafactories and the inexpensive, renewable power wanted to energy them. The sector has made large strides lately however there’s far more to be achieved.”

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