Decarbonisation and energy system transformation

Measuring the world's 25 most influential auto manufacturers

The Automotive Benchmark measures and ranks the world’s leading auto manufacturers. Will they meet the below 2°C warming limit goal set by the Paris Agreement? Are they doing what’s necessary to move to a low carbon economy?

Rising sea levels, record high temperatures, severe flooding and droughts. The climate crisis is almost at the point of no return. Healthy ecosystems and rich biodiversity are fundamental to life on our planet.

The transport industry is responsible for 15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Which means that the automotive sector has a critical role to play in decarbonising the economy. Car companies can choose to lead the way, by committing to and actively promoting low emission vehicles. Investing in new technologies and embracing a new future in human mobility.

Five key findings

This benchmark shows that the 25 auto manufacturers are not on track to meet the goal set by the Paris Agreement. We see that most companies have a low carbon vehicle, but there is very little investment in this market. There needs to be a more positive and proactive approach. The industry needs to work with trade associations and react to climate policy. The car companies have a responsibility to future generations to change the high emission mobility culture.

Key finding

Decarbonisation. The automotive industry is in the slow lane.

24 of the companies measured realise over 90% of their sales from high emission vehicles. They need to set targets and plan the transition to low carbon models.

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Key finding

Driving with the brakes on. Companies are not selling enough low carbon vehicles.

Companies need to make more electric or low carbon cars and commit to new technologies. For most of the companies benchmarked, low carbon vehicles account for only 1% of sales annually.

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Key finding

The automotive industry is not persuading customers to take a different road.

The automotive industry is renowned for its high profile marketing campaigns. Unfortunately, this influence is not being used to actively shift consumer choice away from high emission vehicles.  Only half the companies benchmarked showed some discernible effort in this area.

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Key finding

Companies are not positively engaged with climate policies.

There is an industry-wide reluctance to publicly commit to a positive, transparent and proactive approach to climate policy. In fact some companies actively lobby against climate-positive legislation.

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Key finding

The future of mobility. Who will drive the change?

Auto manufacturers have a huge business opportunity. By building new models and creating new modes of transport for tomorrow’s world, the low carbon economy.

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The 25 most influential auto manufacturers

Locations

  • Title: BAIC Motor Corporation Ltd (北京汽车股份有限公司)
    Place: Beijing, China
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  • Title: BMW AG
    Place: Munich, Germany
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  • Title: Chongqing Changan Automobile Company Ltd. (重庆长安汽车股份有限公司|长安汽车 )
    Place: Chongqing, China
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  • Title: Daimler AG
    Place: Stuttgart, Germany
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  • Title: Dongfeng Automobile Co., Ltd (东风汽车股份有限公司|东风汽车)
    Place: Wuhan, China
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  • Title: FAW Car Company Limited (一汽轿车股份有限公司)
    Place: Changchun, Jilin, China
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  • Title: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV
    Place: London, United Kingdom
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  • Title: Ford Motor Company
    Place: Dearborn, Michigan, USA
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  • Title: Geely Automobile Holdings Limited (吉利汽车控股有限公司)
    Place: Hong Kong
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  • Title: General Motors Company
    Place: Detroit, USA
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  • Title: Groupe PSA
    Place: Rueil-Malmaison, France
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  • Title: Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd (广州汽车集团有限公司|广汽集团)
    Place: Guangzhou, China
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  • Title: Honda Motor Company
    Place: Tokyo, Japan
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  • Title: Hyundai Motor Co
    Place: Seoul, South Korea
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  • Title: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Place: Fuchu, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
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  • Title: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
    Place: Tokyo, Japan
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  • Title: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
    Place: Yokohama, Japan
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  • Title: Renault
    Place: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
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  • Title: SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (上海汽车集团股份有限公司|上汽集团)
    Place: Shanghai, China
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  • Title: Subaru Corporation
    Place: Tokyo, Japan
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  • Title: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Place: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
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  • Title: Tata Motors
    Place: Mumbai, India
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  • Title: Tesla Motors, Inc.
    Place: Palo Alto, United States of America
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  • Title: Toyota Motor Corporation
    Place: Toyota, Aichi, Japan
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  • Title: Volkswagen AG
    Place: Wolfsburg, Germany
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