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China’s big carmakers show no signs of ending production of fossil-fuel vehicles, struggle to keep pace with nation’s net-zero goal: Greenpeace

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BYD topped the overall Greenpeace ranking that comprised SAIC, Great Wall Motor, Chery, GAC, Chang’an, Dongfeng, Geely, BAIC and FAW. The Shenzhen-based carmaker is the only Chinese carmaker at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow last year to commit to selling only zero-emission cars globally by 2040. In April, BYD further announced it had stopped producing combustion engine vehicles and would only make electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

While battery-powered cars accounted for 43.7 per cent of BYD’s total sales in 2021, the proportion was less than 14 per cent at each of the other nine carmakers.

On net-zero commitments, only six of the 10 carmakers have announced targets. Chang’an, Geely and Great Wall plan to achieve net zero by 2045, and BAIC, GAC and FAW after 2050.

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However, the targets set by most of the carmakers lack either a reduction target timetable, or a clear scope of commitment, Greenpeace said, adding that they also need to improve emission data disclosure and take steps to decarbonise their manufacturing processes and supply chains. Five carmakers – SAIC, Chang’an, BAIC, Chery, and FAW – have not disclosed emissions data even for their own operations.

EV sales in China, the world’s largest market, reached 3.52 million units last year, almost doubling from the previous year, according to data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

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However, Greenpeace said that Chinese carmakers’ transition towards zero emissions remains slow. Accelerating the transition towards EVs can contribute greatly to China’s climate targets to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060, Greenpeace added, suggesting they stop sales of combustion engine cars by 2030.

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According to the China Automotive Technology & Research Center, the nation’s car industry emitted greenhouse gases equivalent to 1.2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2021, more than the annual carbon emissions of Japan.

Although EV sales ballooned during the first half of this year, the per unit cost of EVs in China is still higher than conventional cars. EVs are becoming cost competitive and are likely to reach price parity in China within the next five to 10 years, according to the International Council on Clean Transportation.

“Auto companies in China should accelerate their investment in EV technology, so that they are ahead of the curve, rather than falling behind due to a focus on short-term profits at the expense of long-term strategy,” said Bao.

“If China’s top auto manufacturers aspire to be world leaders, they must show they can undertake the global responsibility to fight climate change,” he added.

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