Climate-neutral mobility by 2050 at the latest
By far the greatest environmental impacts of the automotive industry come about during the vehicles’ use phase. However, the ramp-up of alternative powertrain technologies is causing the CO2 hotspots to shift to the upstream supply chains (materials, manufacture). The German automotive industry’s strategy for reducing its CO2 footprint is therefore directed at far more than a vehicle’s use phase and covers its entire lifecycle from the raw materials to production and all the way to recycling. This holistic view covering all stages of value creation and their environmental impacts, is reflected in the automotive industry’s “Design for Sustainability” strategies and continued in the debate on the development of circular economy.