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Sustainability in Automotive – Thematic Research

Sustainability will shake up the automotive sector.

This report explores sustainability in the automotive industry. Sustainability has risen to become a key consideration in all automotive business decisions. Unmanaged growth in the automotive industry will exacerbate the existential threat of climate change that could see parts of the globe become uninhabitable, resources stretched to breaking point, and enormous damage caused by increasingly extreme weather.

“Sustainability is of tremendous importance to the automotive industry and has implications across many levels of the production, assembly, purchase and ownership stages. Vehicles themselves are a significant producer of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses that can accelerate climate change, and the relentless drive to sell more vehicles to more corners of the world in pursuit of new profit streams means the overall vehicle parc keeps increasing.”

 

Scope

This report is part of our ecosystem of thematic investment research reports, supported by our “thematic engine”. GlobalData has developed a unique thematic methodology for valuing technology, media and telecom companies based on their relative strength in the big investment themes that are impacting their industry. Whilst most investment research is underpinned by backwards looking company valuation models, GlobalData’s thematic methodology identifies which companies are best placed to succeed in a future filled with multiple disruptive threats.

This report covers:

  • GlobalData’s sustainability framework, which is designed to act as a checklist to allow CEOs to ensure they cover all aspects of sustainability.
  • The impact of sustainability on automotive, including environment, social, and governance (ESG) issues.
  • Sustainability measurement and response; we publish a table of leading ESG advisors who claim to be able to help business leaders improve their company’s ESG performance.
  • Case studies that demonstrate the financial benefits to companies that accrue to ESG leaders and the costs of being an ESG laggard.

Key Highlights

Vehicles contribute to pollution at a local level which generally leads to an increase in respiratory illnesses in densely populated regions. Social impacts get worse when we consider the vast number of people killed or injured in road accidents around the world, and the knock-on economic impact that brings.

Even electric cars (EVs) – often heralded as a ‘cure-all’ for the environmental damage done by traditional combustion-engined cars (ICEs) – must be approached in a sustainable way to avoid repeating the mistakes of the ICE era

In the aftermath of the 2015 diesel emissions scandal, governance has also become a big issue for auto manufacturers in the face of rapidly increasing public scrutiny.

Reasons to Buy

Companies that embrace all three elements of sustainability will outperform their peers. CEOs that are too slow to improve their company’s approach to sustainability will see an exodus of customers and a drop in profits far sooner than they ever imagined.

Sustainability will shake up the automotive sector

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Table of Contents

GLOBALDATA’S SUSTAINABILITY FRAMEWORK

Environmental

Social

Governance

THE IMPACT OF SUSTAINABILITY ON AUTOMOTIVE

Environmental

Social

Governance

SUSTAINABILITY MEASUREMENT AND RESPONSE

ESG advisors

ESG rating agencies

TIMELINE

CASE STUDIES

Environmental

Social

Governance

COMPANIES

GLOSSARY

FURTHER READING

APPENDIX: OUR THEMATIC RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

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