CEOs of global light and heavy duty automotive industry make a public declaration to decarbonize automotive transport.

For more information, please see the CEO Climate Leadership for Automotive Statement or the blog post, “Why the global auto industry is stepping up to the climate change challenge,” by Alex Molinaroli.

The global vehicle fleet is set to double by 2030, and potentially triple by 2050. Almost all of this growth is to take place in developing and transitional countries resulting in significant increase of CO2 emissions of the global vehicle fleet. Transport is still almost totally dependent on fossil fuels (96%) and accounts for 60% of global oil use. To limit the growth in greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector it is key to improve fuel economy of vehicles powered by fossil fuels and to support the transition to electric-mobility.

At COP-21, CEOs of the global light and heavy duty automotive industry made an important commitment to sustainable mobility with a public declaration to decarbonize automotive transport.  CEOs of 13 different companies, originally based in the U.S., China, India, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden, came together for this commitment to the vision of decarbonizing automotive transport.  This breadth of support is indicative of how climate concerns are global, and demand global, rather than local, solutions.

Each signatory is making a unique, significant contribution to decarbonizing automotive transport.  Alex Molinaroli said that,For Johnson Controls this public commitment is underscored by our growing range of advanced battery technology powering start-stop, micro hybrid, hybrid and electric vehicles. Our Start-Stop battery technology is now integrated into 20 million vehicles worldwide, saving an estimated 381 million gallons of fuel, and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 3.4 million metric tons per year. For years, we’ve been an innovator in “light-weighting” automotive seating and interiors and are currently researching using advanced technologies for back frames that could reduce seating weight 10–20%, reducing vehicle carbon dioxide emissions and saving fuel.”

The CEOs pledge to seek safe, responsible and sustainable ways to meet the growing demands around the world. They commit to catalyze combined action and initiatives from the automotive industry sector, policymakers and stakeholders to deliver solutions and innovations in products, services, operations and policies that maximize the benefits of mobility while mitigating the impact to the environment.

To provide new and flexible opportunities for transport, actions under the commitment include prioritizing R&D efforts to increase the fuel efficiency of the internal combustion engine, advocating for policies that place a value on

  • GHG reduction
  • Harnessing the potential of new technologies, digitalization and the sharing economy

However, the collective commitment of the global automotive industry will be far from sufficient to address the climate challenge. To achieve meaningful reductions, every country and industry will need to contribute and we invite them to join us in seeking comprehensive solutions to reduce GHG emissions. On behalf of the entire global automotive industry, we look forward to working collectively with governments and other stakeholders to implement a planned transition to a low-carbon economy.

To read more about this initiative and about the Automotive Industry Partnership Programme, please go here.