The Automotive Industry in the Era of Sustainability
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The automotive industry in the era of sustainability

Sustainability has become a strategic priority for automotive organizations.

Key takeways:

  • 46% - Of sustainability experts state that the automotive industry has made more progress than other industries
  • 75% - Of sustainability experts state that they are in-line or better than what is required by regulation on sustainability
  • 86% - In France, 86% of end-of-life components by weight is saved and recycled owing to the circular economy

 

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With growing concerns about climate change and environmental degradation, sustainability has become a strategic priority for automotive organizations. Governments, consumers, and investors are now pushing automotive organizations to change their ways of working, culture, and products. This will have far-reaching implications for the industry, which despite having made substantial progress, still has to step up its sustainability efforts.

So, where does the industry stand today in terms of its sustainability initiatives and what does the future hold?

A strategic priority yet a fragmented execution

Hence the latest, comprehensive research from the Capgemini Research Institute – The automotive industry in the era of sustainability. We surveyed 500 large automotive organizations as well as 300 experts, including regulators, academics and non-governmental organizations working in the field of sustainability. We found that:

  • Sustainability has become a strategic priority for the industry – 62% of automotive organizations claim to have a comprehensive sustainability strategy with well-defined goals and targets.
  • But implementation seems fragmented and an additional $50 billion investment is needed to meet sustainability commitments.
  • 74% of OEMs have an electric vehicle plan. However, only 56% of them have made EVs a part of their sustainability strategy. We analyze how this could be counterproductive.
  • Supporting and promoting circular economy – the most implemented sustainability initiative – is deployed by 52% of the organizations. Yet, more needs to be done to reap its full potential.
  • Only 9% of the automotive organizations we surveyed have a mature sustainability program, while 26% have are lagging behind considerably.

Based on input from sustainability leaders, we believe automotive firms should:

  • Demonstrate tangible progress on sustainability
  • Pursue sustainability as an organization-wide mission
  • Make business executives accountable for sustainability and invest in robust governance
  • Envision and spread sustainability initiatives across the automotive value chain
  • Use technology to improve sustainability of operations
  • Strengthen alliances and partnerships for greater impact.

 

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