Focus on addressing climate change

Focus on addressing and climate change

Climate change is one of the major global challenges facing the world today. The automotive industry is being called upon to help stabilize the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and to take an active role in the research and development of solutions for more sustainable mobility. Fiat Group recognizes its role in addressing climate change and is committed to reducing CO2 emissions of its products and processes from design and production, to distribution, use and the end-of-life phase.

 

Within the scientific community there is broad agreement that climate change is occurring and that the global climate is being affected by an increasing level of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated that to keep the global temperature from rising by more than 2°C, atmospheric concentrations of CO2 would have to be limited to between 400 and 550 parts per million (ppm), compared with the current 390 ppm and the pre-industrial level of approximately 280.(1) The increase in human-generated CO2 emissions has led many governments to implement control and regulatory measures to limit the resulting effects, and the automotive industry is addressing this challenge responsibly.

Fiat Group believes that effective, long-lasting results to address climate change can only be achieved through an integrated approach involving energy producers, manufacturers (including suppliers), academia, consumers, government and the financial community. As stated in the Group Environmental Guidelines, the company is committed to adopting and developing solutions that are at the same time safe, environmentally-friendly and economically viable, and that aim to fight climate change, preserve resources and safeguard health.

Accordingly, Fiat Group continues to focus on addressing CO2 emissions and once again, it has confirmed in its Sustainability Plan the commitment to:

  • reduce CO2 emissions from its vehicles by developing increasingly efficient technologies for conventional engines, expanding the use of alternative fuels (such as natural gas and bio-fuels), and developing alternative propulsion systems (such as hybrid or electric solutions),  based on the specific energy needs and fuel availability of the various countries (see also pages 99-110)
  • reduce fossil fuels used in production plants and limit GHG emissions by cutting energy consumption levels and promoting the use of renewable energy (see also pages 124-127)
  • reduce  CO2 emissions of logistics activities (see also pages 138-143)
  • promote environmental responsibility among suppliers (see also pages 233-234)
  • reduce  CO2 emissions of its non- manufacturing processes such as business travel, office activities and information technology emissions (see also pags 145-147)
  • maintain a risk management system for climate change-related risks, including increased physical risks associated with weather extremes, compliance with emission trading regulations(see also pages 74-77)
  • raise awareness among employees on sustainability issues and promote low-impact commuting (see also pages 123, 144-147, 161) 
  • encourage eco-responsible use of vehicles by providing dealers and customers with information and training regarding use and maintenance (see also pages 110-112 and 219-222)

(1) Source: “The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report” (IPCC, 2007)

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