Most automakers fall short on climate goals: report

(EurActiv, 19 May 2022) Only two of the world’s 12 top automakers plan to make enough electric vehicles by 2030 to stay in step with Paris Agreement climate goals, experts said Wednesday (18 May).

Globally, more than half of all new vehicles coming off of production lines in 2029 would need to be electric for the sector to be compliant with the goal of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, according to InfluenceMap, a research NGO that evaluates corporate climate goals and policies.

At the same time, 11 of the 12 carmakers – while publicly supporting the Paris Agreement – have actively opposed government policies to accelerate the shift to electric vehicles, especially the phase-out internal combustion engines, Influence Map said.

Japanese auto giants Toyota, Honda and Nissan are especially far off the mark, with non-polluting cars accounting for only 14, 18 and 22%, respectively, of their planned production in 2029, the report said.

South Korea’s Hyundai, US manufacturer Ford and France’s Renault – with 27, 28 and 31% of their global fleets projected to be electric in seven years – were only marginally more on track.

The standout exception is US-based Tesla, a “pure player” manufacturer that has only ever made electric cars and trucks.

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EurActiv, 19 May 2022: Most automakers fall short on climate goals: report