Environment: Latest news and analysis articles


Latest insights


OEMs look to blockchain solutions for compliance and parts performance

6 May 2021 | Dave Leggett

Working in a consortium Renault says it has developed a new blockchain solution for the European automotive industry to certify the compliance of vehicle's components from design to production. Supply chain visibility is an increasing issue for companies looking to mitigate risk and ensure regulatory compliance.


OEMs face uphill battle on CO2 targets in 2021

29 April 2021 | Calum MacRae

One of the notable effects of COVID-19 on the European vehicle market has been the surge in electric vehicle sales. In Q1 2020, before the pandemic hit, battery electric vehicles (BEVs) accounted for 3.57% of the West European passenger car market. By Q4, BEV market share had surged to 10.71% (23% alone in December 2020).


BMW invests in CO2-free steel production for sustainability win

15 March 2021 | Dave Leggett

The BMW Group says it is investing in an innovative method - utilising electrolysis rather than traditional blast furnaces - for CO2-free steel production developed by US startup Boston Metal.


Joe Biden - what the auto industry can expect

19 January 2021 | Mike Vousden

After a tumultuous election process in 2020, President-Elect Joe Biden is due to be sworn into office tomorrow (20th January). From the outset of his campaign for office, Biden has made it clear that he intends to introduce some significant policy shifts in an effort to reverse some of the changes introduced by the outgoing Trump administration. While businesses are yet to be briefed on all the changes, many are hoping for a period of greater political stability after recent unrest in the US.


Latest interviews


Recycling green parts - Q&A with Synetiq

6 May 2021 | Matthew Beecham

As electric vehicles (EVs) become more popular, what will happen to all those dead lithium-ion batteries once they are off the road? And how will the automotive recycling industry cope? Matthew Beecham talked to Tom Rumboll, CEO of Synetiq, an integrated salvage and vehicle recycling company, to discover how the rise in EVs is set to not only transform what’s on our roads, but also the recycling industry.


Interview part 2: Sernauto CEO José Portilla

23 July 2019 | Simon Warburton

Spanish suppliers association CEO, José Portilla has had many years experience in manufacturing sectors such as steel and automotive, while he is now CEO of Spanish suppliers association, Sernauto. In the second of two interviews, Simon Warburton caught up with him as Spain looks to address the transition to new mobility and the challenges of implementing advanced manufacturing technology coupled with addressing labour body employment concerns.

Latest news


FREE TO READ - Global pandemic sector recovery briefing

11 May 2021 | Graeme Roberts

As we enter a recovery phase around the world, we aim to bring you the latest news and intelligence on the speed, nature and shape of the automotive sector's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Toyota president under fire over climate strategy

11 May 2021 | just-auto.com editorial team

Toyota Motor president Akio Toyoda has come under fire from some of the company's largest shareholders for questioning Japan's policy to ban the sale of new internal combustion engine cars in its quest for carbon neutrality.


ZF issues green bond

30 April 2021 | Simon Warburton

ZF Friedrichshafen has issued a green bond for the first time.


Renault/Iberdrola team on CO2 reduction

30 April 2021 | Simon Warburton

Renault and Iberdrola have signed a partnership agreement to launch projects aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from the manufacturer's energy consumption in Spain and Portugal.


Kia and SK join forces in EV battery recycling

29 April 2021 | just-auto.com editorial team

Kia Corporation and its electric vehicle (EV) battery supplier SK Innovation Company have agreed to collaborate to recycle used batteries in South Korea, safely managing waste and recovering valuable materials.


Companies pair to recycle li-ion EV batteries

28 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Catalytic converter specialist Johnson Matthey now has a memorandum of understanding with Stena Recycling Group to develop a European system to recycle lithium ion batteries and cell manufacturing material.


Tesla reportedly adding parts recycling to Shanghai plant

26 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Tesla will add facilities at its Shanghai factory to repair and recondition parts such as electric motors and battery cells, a document submitted by the automaker to local authorities and seen by the Reuters news agency showed.


Honda lays out plans to 2050

23 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Honda has announced key targets for sales of electrified vehicles in North America and a plan to see battery electric and fuel cell electric vehicles account for all of its new vehicle sales by 2040, up from 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2035.


Magna targets carbon neutral by 2030

22 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Canadian based supplier and contract assembler Magna plans to achieve operational carbon neutrality by 2025 in Europe and 2030 worldwide.


Volkswagen Group stops for #Project1Hour

22 April 2021 | Simon Warburton

Volkswagen Group's 12 brands and their 660,000 employees are undertaking '#Project1Hour,' in which they will stop work for 60 minutes to learn about climate protection and develop improvements. The initiative coincides with 'Earth Day' today (April 22).


RHA calls for UK decarbonisation roadmap

22 April 2021 | Simon Warburton

Britain’s Road Haulage Association (RHA) is calling on the government to show "coordinated leadership" by creating an evidence-based national decarbonisation roadmap, which takes account of the needs of users and the environment.


No surprise - COVID-19 2020 sees Europe CO2 emissions fall

21 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

The volume weighted average CO2 emissions (NEDC) of vehicles registered in Europe during 2020 was 106.7g/km, 12% lower than for 2019.


EV axle collaboration with no rare metals

15 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

SAF-Holland and British motor manufacturer AEM (Advanced Electric Machines) are collaborating on the suspension specialist's electric axle system.


Geely's Polestar aims for true carbon neutrality by 2030

8 April 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Geely's Polestar EV car brand has set a "moonshot" goal to create the first truly climate neutral car by 2030.


Volvo and SSAB ink deal for fossil-free steel

8 April 2021 | Simon Warburton

Volvo Group and SSAB have signed an agreement for research, development, serial production and commercialisation for vehicles to be made of fossil-free steel.


Denso starts Anjo CO2 circulation plant testing

7 April 2021 | Simon Warburton

Denso has started testing a CO2 circulation plant at its Anjo Plant’s Electrification Innovation Centre in Japan.


Faurecia selects Schneider as renewable electricity advisor

6 April 2021 | Simon Warburton

Faurecia has signed an exclusive advisory contract with Schneider Electric to procure off-site renewable electricity as part of its CO2 neutral programme.


Hoegh Autoliners accelerates decarbonisation efforts

30 March 2021 | Simon Warburton

Höegh Autoliners says it has accelerated its decarbonisation efforts, completing its first carbon neutral voyage from Europe to South Africa.


Mini plant trucker switches fleet to LNG

29 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

A new fleet of lorries powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) is helping to drive sustainable logistics at BMW's Mini plant in Oxford, England.


VW to sue former chiefs over 'dieselgate' - report

29 March 2021 | Graeme Roberts

Volkswagen will claim damages from former chief executive Martin Winterkorn and former Audi boss Rupert Stadler over its diesel emissions scandal, the carmaker has said.



Forgot your password?