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China Automotive Low Carbon Action Plan (2022)

Low Carbon Development Strategy and Transformation Path for Carbon Neutral Automotive

Author: Automotive Data of China Co., Ltd.

Publisher: Springer Nature Singapore


About this book

This book studies the low-carbon transformation path of the automotive industry. It makes a quantitative analysis of the emission reduction potential of the transformation path based on the systemic accounting of the carbon emissions in the whole life cycle of automobiles. The content puts forward scientific and reasonable suggestions on Chinese automobiles' low-carbon development strategy and transformation path.

This book is used as a reference for professionals in the automotive industry who are engaged in automotive life cycle assessment, carbon footprint research, carbon neutrality planning research, etc. It is also used as a reference book for students in automotive in universities.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Overview
According to the Sixth Assessment Report of IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). IPCC_AR6_WGI: Climate Change (2021). Phys Sci Basis 202), the global temperature has increased significantly since industrialization. As shown in Fig. 1.1, the past decade, namely 2011–2020, is the hottest decade on record, with the global surface temperature increased by 1.09 °C (0.95–1.2 °C) compared with 1850–1900, and in 2020 which is one of the three hottest years on record(World Meteorological Organization (WMO). State of the Global Climate (2020)), when the global average surface temperature increased by 1.2 ± 0.1 °C compared with that before industrialization (1980–1900).
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Chapter 2. Life Cycle Carbon Emission Accounting Method for Vehicles
This study is intended to account for the life cycle carbon emissions of passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles produced in China. The research objects include passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle (including buses, light-duty trucks and heavy-duty trucks), both of which can be divided according to the fuel type into gasoline or diesel vehicle, non off-vehicle chargeable hybrid electric vehicle (NOVC HEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), battery electric vehicle (NEV), natural gas vehicle (NGV) and fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV).
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Chapter 3. Research Results of Life Cycle Carbon Emissions for Vehicles of China in 2021
This section, according to the above-mentioned single-vehicle life cycle carbon emission accounting method and the sales volume of passenger vehicles in 2021 (excluding imported models), calculates the life cycle carbon emissions of passenger vehicles on sale in 2021. However some models, due to the lack of key data, are not included in this calculation, and only the carbon emissions of 5313 versions of 981 passenger vehicle models from 115 automobile enterprises, which account for 98.7% of total passenger vehicle sales in China, are considered. The carbon emissions are analyzed by fuel type, vehicle level and life cycle stage, as described below.
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Chapter 4. Analysis of Low-Carbon Transformation Pathways of Automotive Industry for Carbon Neutrality
Automobile, transportation and energy constitute a carbon chain in which they are mutually supported and constrained. Traffic demand will affect the vehicle population and energy consumption in the transport sector and thereafter affect the carbon emissions, while the structure and level of the final energy consumption of vehicles will in turn affect the carbon emissions in the energy and transport sectors. Green energy application determines the carbon emissions of vehicle manufacturing at the upstream and also the carbon emissions of the road transport sector. The realization of carbon neutrality goal of the automotive industry is not possible with a single emission reduction path only, and we need to fully explore the emission reduction potential and coupling effects of various paths.
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Chapter 5. Analysis of Carbon Emission Reduction Potential of the Automotive Industry in the Future
On the basis of the low-carbon transformation paths described above, this chapter predicts the future life cycle carbon emissions of passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles of different fuel types. The emission reduction effect under the five transformation paths of clean electricity, vehicle electrification (energy efficiency improvement), fuel decarbonization, low-carbon materials and production digitalization are considered respectively for prediction, and the combined results of capture, utilization and storage and the previous paths are not listed separately.
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Chapter 6. Opportunities for the Automotive Industry Under the Carbon Peak and Carbon Neutrality Goals
In 2021, China's automobile production and sales still rank first in the world, with steady growth in various data and rapid growth of new energy vehicles. Under the background of the steady recovery of the national economy and the accelerated recovery of consumer demand, the automotive industry has sufficient consumption potential. In terms of international trade, the export of automobiles has started a rapid growth trend.
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Chapter 7. Strategic Points and Policy Guarantees for Low-Carbon Development of Automotive Industry for Carbon Neutrality
As one of the primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions, the automotive industry is faced with an inevitable choice in the future to carry out the planning and implementation of carbon peak and carbon neutrality goals as soon as possible. To implement the carbon peak and carbon neutrality plans, it is necessary to clearly know related data of carbon emissions, which is inseparable from the quantitative accounting standards for carbon emissions. Quantitative accounting is also inseparable from the measurement and monitoring methods of carbon emissions. Besides, the accounting results shall also be subject to external communication and disclosure, verification, assessment, targeted emission reduction and carbon offsetting.
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China Automotive Low Carbon Action Plan (2022)
Automotive Data of China Co., Ltd.
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