Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - April 5, 2023
Polestar Combines Production Growth with 8% Emissions Reduction
In its third Annual Sustainability Report, Polestar, a Swedish EV maker, confirmed it reduced relative CO2e emissions per car sold by 8% compared to 2021 levels.
The emission reduction occurred during a year of record global volume growth, as the company delivered nearly 51,500 cars in 2022, an increase of 80% since 2021.
While absolute emissions have increased due to the scale-up, relative emissions on a per-unit-basis have reduced by 13% since 2020. With this being the second consecutive year the company combined rapid growth with carbon reduction, Polestar is on track toward its goals of halving relative emissions by 2030.
The reductions are due to reduced average transports, high sales in markets with more renewable energy on grids, and ongoing updates within its car programs.
For example, a supplier that provides aluminum for the wheels and battery trays for Polestar 2, changed to a hydro-powered smelter, resulting in a 1.2-ton reduction per car. Other contributing factors include the factory where Polestar 2 is built, which now runs on 100% renewable electricity, and a diversified product portfolio with a larger share of single motor vehicles with lower energy demand during production.
During 2022, Polestar teamed up with Circle Economy and STENA Recycling to measure the company’s impact and set a circularity baseline, guiding the company’s efforts to improve raw material consumption, biodiversity, and recyclability.
“We wear our emissions on our sleeve – measuring and scrutinizing every detail ensures we keep our eye on the ball,” said Fredrika Klarén, Head of Sustainability at Polestar, in a statement. “Electrification alone is not enough and pure EV-makers like Polestar have a lot of work ahead of us. Our focus remains unchanged as we double down on cutting emissions in our supply chain.”