Auto industry fails to meet climate targets: Greenpeace – News

To limit global warming to 1.5°C, no more than 315 million new vehicles running on fossil fuels can still be sold worldwide, according to the group’s report



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Published: Thu 10 Nov 2022, 09:33

Major automakers will need to sell about half the number of gasoline and diesel vehicles compared to current projections, in order to align with key climate targets, Greenpeace said on Thursday.

To align with limiting global warming to 1.5°C, no more than 315 million new vehicles running on fossil fuels can still be sold worldwide, according to a new report from the environmental group.

However, at present, major automakers are on track to sell 712 million diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2040, Greenpeace said, after world leaders gathered in Egypt this week for a summit. of the UN on the climate.

Preventing temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels is a key goal of the Paris Agreement.

The report, from Greenpeace Germany, says there is “a disconnect between the sales targets of traditional automakers and the sales volume of diesel and gasoline vehicles that is achievable” to meet the target.

“Automakers must accelerate their transition to zero-emission vehicles.”

The research was conducted by experts from the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany.

They determined the maximum number of diesel and petrol cars and vans that could be sold to remain compatible with the 1.5°C target.

The researchers then projected future car industry sales, looking at four major manufacturers – Toyota in Japan, Volkswagen in Germany, Hyundai and Kia in South Korea, and General Motors in the United States.

Toyota is seen as overshooting the most, selling between 55 million and 71 million more vehicles than is compatible with the crucial climate target, Greenpeace said.

With growing pressure to cut emissions, major automakers are already accelerating efforts to ditch combustion engines and shift to producing more electric vehicles.

Some governments have announced plans to ban new sales of petrol and diesel vehicles, as part of efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions, but many have yet to do so.

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