Taipei, Taiwan – The world’s high automakers are producing an estimated 74 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year as a result of trade’s failure to decarbonise its metal provide chain, in keeping with a brand new report by Greenpeace.
The auto trade is closely depending on metal as a key manufacturing materials and the highest 16 automakers used an estimated 39-65 million tonnes of metal in 2022, the environmental advocacy group stated within the report.
Toyota, the world’s high automaker, used 6.3 million tonnes of metal in 2022 alone, adopted by Volkswagen with 5.2 million tonnes and Hyundai-Kia with 5.2 million tonnes, in keeping with the report launched on Thursday.
That dependency has come at a value to the planet, in keeping with Greenpeace, as a result of great amount of carbon emissions within the course of, pushing the world’s temperatures ever nearer to the 1.5 levels Celsius (2.7 levels Fahrenheit) threshold that local weather scientists say will spell catastrophe.
“Automakers are steering us towards local weather disaster by failing to decarbonise their metal provide chains,” Greenpeace East Asia senior analyst Wenjie Liu stated.
“Automotive metal has an enormous carbon footprint, however main automakers like Hyundai, Volkswagen, and Toyota haven’t disclosed their metal emissions. We want automakers to each eat much less metal and to drive the transition to zero-carbon steelmaking.”
Metal manufacturing produced 573 million tonnes of CO2 final yr, roughly the identical annual output as Australia, and its heavy carbon footprint is not going to change with out extra involvement from the auto trade, which consumed 16 % of worldwide metal final yr, Liu stated.
Along with Toyota, Volkswagen, and Hyundai-Kia, the record of corporations assessed by Greenpeace consists of Normal Motors, Stellantis, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Suzuki, Geely, BMW, Renault, Mercedes-Benz, SAIC Motor, Nice Wall Motor, and Mazda.
Not one of the corporations discloses the carbon emissions from its metal use and solely a handful disclose their annual metal consumption, which suggests emissions figures are tough estimates.
The environmental watchdog acknowledged that some corporations, notably European automakers, had made efforts to decarbonise their metal provide chains, however stated their targets remained modest.
Extra effort can also be wanted in East Asia, house to 60 % of the world’s metal manufacturing and few automaker-led initiatives, Greenpeace stated.
“If they’re critical about decarbonisation, by 2030, automakers should halve their emissions from metal. Step one is the disclosure of steel-related emissions, however we sadly haven’t seen this occur but,” Liu stated.
“Automakers also needs to concern inexperienced metal procurement commitments, which might sign steelmakers to spend money on new expertise. In the long term, automakers should obtain web zero emissions throughout their provide chains, each through diminished use of metal and a full transition to zero-carbon metal.”
Toyota, Volkswagen, Hyundai-Kia and the opposite carmakers named within the report didn’t reply to Al Jazeera’s request for remark.