Greenpeace: ‘new cars account for 24% of CO2 emissions in Belgium’
In a recent study, Environment Association Greenpeace has calculated the emissions of the automotive sector. According to it, the industry emits 4,8 gigatons of CO2 per year or 9% of the world’s emissions. For Belgium, new cars in 2018 accounted for 24% of the country’s CO2 emissions.
Just as the Frankfurt Motor Show opens its doors to the press, Greenpeace points the finger, once again, to the automotive sector. According to it, the industry is polluting more than the whole European Union.
9% of the world’s emissions
“In total, all twelve carmakers that have been analyzed in this study are responsible for emitting 4,3 gigatons of CO2 in 2018. By extrapolating those numbers to the whole industry, we found that with 86 million cars sold in 2018, the automotive sector emitted 4,8 gigatons of CO2. That represents 9% of the world’s global CO2 emissions. It’s more than the EU’s emissions,” writes Greenpeace.
Of course, the most significant car producers are also those who pollute more. Volkswagen sits on top, and Renault-Nissan, Toyota, GM, and Hyundai-Kia follow it. This group of five represents 55% of the industry’s emissions.
¼ in Belgium
The Belgian subsidiary has also done its maths. “Based on a car with a life cycle of 200.000 km, the automotive industry represents 24% of the country’s yearly CO2 emissions,” declares Elodie Mertz, a sustainable mobility expert at Greenpeace Belgium.
Those numbers have to be put into context. Greenpeace only analyzed new car sales and hasn’t taken the whole fleet into account. According to official Belgian statistics, transport (including cars, trucks, planes, and trains) account for 22,5% of the country’s CO2 emissions.