On July 27, China Automotive Technology & Research Center Co., Ltd. (CATARC), a state-owned research institute, released a report entitled “2022 China Automotive Low Carbon Action Plan” in Beijing. The report compares carbon emission accounting and actual carbon emission levels of the whole life cycle of passenger cars and commercial vehicles sold in China.
The study examines the full life-cycle carbon emission levels of a total of 6,725 passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Data show that the total life-cycle carbon emissions of the auto industry in China reached 1.2 billion tons, of which passenger cars account for about 58%. Compared to traditional gasoline vehicles, pure electric vehicles reduce carbon emissions by 43.4%. It is expected that by 2060, the full life-cycle carbon emissions of pure electric vehicles can reach 23 grams per kilometer, indicating a huge potential for carbon emission reduction.
Wu Zhixin, deputy general manager of CATARC said that on average, the actual value of fuel consumption in the passenger car industry continues to decline, reaching about 5.5 liters per 100 km.
The report also shows that the proportion of recycled steel and recycled aluminum in China has reached about 10% and 20% respectively. Through the promotion of new energy vehicles and related carbon control measures, it is expected that by 2030 and 2060, the life-cycle carbon emission reduction of China’s automotive industry will reach about 700 million tons and 2 billion tons, respectively.