Wednesday 19 January 2022

Chinese car industry ‘not on track for net zero’

Chinese car industry ‘not on track for net zero’

The Chinese car sector is unlikely to meet the country’s 2060 net zero target according to a new report from Greenpeace.

Despite a dominance in the electric vehicle (EV) market and the downward trajectory of China’s vehicle-based carbon emissions, the group does not believe the drop off will be enough for net zero.

It states that it is currently on track for an 11% decrease in emissions by 2035 but if net zero is to be attainable by 2060, this number needs to be upwards of 20%.

According to other research, China is expected to cater for half the EV market by 2026 but Greenpeace believes zero-emission vehicle sales in the country will need to rocket to 87% by 2035 if it is to stay on track with its goals.

China currently has an aim for EVs to account for 20% of its sales by 2025 – but the group does not see this as fit.

Bao Hang, Project Leader for Greenpeace Asia, said: “The ideal response is for car makers in China to completely phase out internal combustion engine vehicles by 2030.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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