Polestar has set the objective of manufacturing the primary climate-neutral automobile by 2030, eliminating emissions not solely from driving, however from each facet of manufacturing and gross sales.
The so-called “Polestar 0 Mission” will genuinely remove emissions, not merely offset them with actions like planting timber, the automaker mentioned in a press launch.
“Offsetting is a cop-out,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingelath mentioned in a press release. Many corporations—together with some automakers—have paid for the planting of timber as a strategy to cancel out carbon emissions from their operations, however forests are nonetheless weak to fires and local weather change, so their potential to absorb limitless extra carbon dioxide from human actions is not assured, in line with Polestar.
Planting additionally addresses solely carbon-dioxide emissions, which is the objective of corporations and governments seeking to obtain carbon-neutral standing. Whereas the phrases “carbon impartial” and “local weather impartial” are sometimes used interchangeably, they don’t seem to be the identical. Local weather impartial is a extra spectacular—and troublesome—objective.
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As an alternative of solely addressing carbon-dioxide emissions, local weather neutrality contains all greenhouse-gas emissions. Carbon dioxide is only one part of that, albeit a big one.
With the retirement of the Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid, the Volvo spinoff model will transfer to an all-electric lineup. The following step in attaining climate-neutral standing might be addressing emissions stemming from manufacturing, Fredrika Klarén, Polestar’s head of sustainability, mentioned in a press release.
Polestar final 12 months pointed to “a disturbing lack of transparency” about EV carbon footprint, and has emphasised sustainability and the usage of natural and recycled materials. However the leap to a real climate-neutral automobile will seemingly require a extra common rethink of supplies sourcing and manufacturing processes.
Polestar beforehand previewed its future within the type of the Zero concept, designed on its Sustainable Expertise Structure (SEA). A manufacturing model is already in the prototype stage, with deliveries anticipated within the final quarter of 2021.