As the 2050 deadline approaches, the switch to electric is now inevitable. But we would be foolish to believe the trip will be easy. So, following a wave of carbon neutrality announcements from car manufacturers, and the lingering uncertainty about this constitutes credible net-zero goals, Polestar calls for action above aspirations.
Green intentions and opaque promises all look impressive, but climate neutrality is not subject to interpretation. Either something exists or it doesn’t. Greenwashing only serves to hinder real progress, leading people to believe they are making a difference when they are not.
Climate neutrality can only be achieved by achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions through elimination or elimination. By effort and innovation. Time came to clean automobile industry.
1.5 ° C difference
In the 2015 Paris Agreement, governments agreed to implement measures to maintain the Temperature below 2 ° C. In 2018, the The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change corrected this to a maximum of 1.5 ° C.
As the point of no return quickly approaches and the responsibility rests in the hands of all of us, GHG emissions must be halved by 2030 and drop to zero by 2050.
Compensation as a last resort
The 1.5 degree rule basically tells you how much and how quickly a business must reduce its GHG emissions in order to comply. However, to achieve these goals, some companies rely too much on offsetting emissions by planting trees or investing in renewable energy.
While we recognize that third-party offsetting may be used as a last resort to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions (and realize that this will still be necessary in the future), until Whether there are solutions with proven results in place, Polestar considers carbon offsetting. as a last resort to achieve climate neutrality.
An even more troubling reality is the fact that many of the same companies declaring their commitment to climate change are still investing in Internal combustion engine (ICE) tech. While scientists repeatedly insist on the need for a rapid reduction in emissions, ICE vehicles are still coming off production lines – exhausting the remaining carbon budget and making the 2050 deadline impossible.
We must realize that we cannot contribute to the solution on one side and the problem on the other. It’s like playing environmental Jenga.
Clear standards. Cleaner results.
What we need are industry-wide metrics. This will allow us to focus on reducing emissions that we can mitigate, effectively auditing our value chain and Adopt transparent reporting on carbon footprint, supply chain ethics and material traceability.
We all need to take the road less traveled, measure each make of car with the same stick, and take tangible action towards science-based goals. Because that’s the only way to win the net zero emissions race. There is no shortcut.
The Polestar commitment
At Polestar, we are committed to improving the society we live in by accelerating change towards a fully electric and climate neutral future.
In order to be part of the change that we know needs to happen, we are developing new technologies, using innovative and circular materials, and we are partnering with those who can help us secure renewable energy.
We are also not afraid to document setbacks and challenges, as well as successes. We want consumers to make informed decisions. Know the environmental impact of the car they choose to drive, from conception to end of life.
Our Life cycle assessment The report describes the carbon-rich realities of electric vehicle manufacturing, and we are full supply chain traceability and transparency on the lifetime carbon footprint of all new models.
So when we talk about the Polestar journey to climate neutrality we mean to follow targets at reduce our GHG emissions in line with the 1.5 degree trajectory.
There may be a long way to go, but until the industry reassesses the way it does business, we’ll never be able to really clear it up when it comes to discussing net zero.
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Published March 3, 2021 – 12:39 UTC