Publication / 06 Jun 2008

Vehicle Manufacturers: Carbon Risk Exposure

Trucost has published research into vehicle manufacturers’ exposure to carbon constraints on product-in-use and production emissions.

Trucost’s analysis was intended to examine how some manufacturers are better placed than others to comply with proposed carbon emission performance standards.

Vehicle manufacturers with a high average CO2/km may have to invest more in new technology, modify business models to produce lower emitting vehicles or face escalating fines for non-compliance. Companies that rely on carbon-intensive processes and materials are also in danger of being exposed to production carbon costs.

The report shows that manufacturers could face significant fines for non-compliance with EU legislation on carbon emissions from cars although some manufacturers are better placed than others. Renault and Peugeot produce lowest average sales weighted CO2/km cars, Porsche produces highest average sales weighted. Manufacturers are not disclosing appropriate data for investors to assess exposure to carbon regulatory risk.

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