C02 emissions per vehicle made down 13 per cent in 2011
Green production news – by GreenWise staff
4th July 2012
UK car manufacturers reduced environmental impacts across all key indicators in 2011, despite seeing a rise in vehicle production in the same year, according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
data in its 13th Annual Sustainability Report
, published on Tuesday, showed CO2
equivalents per vehicle
produced dropped by 13 per cent last year, while waste
to landfill was slashed by almost a quarter. There were improvements against all other key environmental performance
indicators, including energy (-6 per cent), water use (-10.8 per cent) and volatile organic compounds (-0.6 per cent for cars and -4.1 per cent for vans). Average new car CO2 fell to 138.1 grams per kilometre, down 4.2 per cent on 2010.Vehicle production up
The improvements in environmental performance were achieved despite vehicle production
rising by 5.1 per cent last year, fuelled by a strong export market. Exports were up 14 per cent to a record 81.6 per cent of total output while turnover for the sector rose by more than 12 per cent to £55 billion.
The British automotive industry is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK. Independent forecasts suggests it could hit all-time record manufacturing levels of two million vehicles by 2015. But the sector is also at the forefront of more efficient manufacturing processes and low carbon vehicle innovation
, investing over £1.3 billion a year on R&D
Jaguar Land Rover, for example, has reduced manufacturing emissions by 25 per cent since 2007 and has invested over £1.5 billion per year in new technologies to reduce tailpipe emissions.
"Automotive is continuing to lead the country’s economic recovery, increasing manufacturing output, delivering record turnover and exporting a greater proportion of cars than ever before, all while reducing our environmental footprint. In a tough economic climate, the automotive sector has continued to perform above expectations, demonstrating the significant role it has to play in a re-balanced economy," said SMMT chief executive, Paul Everitt.
"Our industry is at the forefront of the drive to a low carbon economy attracting investment in the research, development and manufacture of low and ultra-low carbon technologies, creating new jobs and growth opportunities throughout the supply chain and introducing attractive products that are reducing transport emissions as well."
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