Setting procurement requirements for suppliers is a robust lever to handle upstream emissions.
But if automakers are to satisfy their local weather objectives, it is going to require better collaboration and contain educating suppliers on decarbonization methods, offering technical recommendation and serving to fund gear upgrades, consultants say.
“We are trying to support [suppliers] with know-how,” Klaren mentioned. “We have the full life cycle assessment of the car, and we see how different components have a great importance” in total emissions.
Peter Freedman, chief advertising and marketing and sustainability officer at UK-based electrical bus maker Switch Mobility, mentioned automakers may work on localizing components factories and co-investing in R&D on sustainable supplies and manufacturing processes.
At an business convention in May, Freedman mentioned automakers can not simply push the issue onto the provision base.
“We need to take some ownership,” he mentioned.
“We need to work with suppliers to support them to develop.”
Polestar is wanting past the provision chain to assist it with its self-proclaimed “moonshot” aim of creating a local weather impartial automotive by 2030.
“We are not saying that we know how to do this, but we know that we need to get there,” Klaren mentioned. “We do not have a choice. We see it as a business imperative.”
The automaker seeks to collaborate with tech startups, universities, governments and multinationals to find options to sort out local weather change.
“You have 20,000-plus components going into a car — the electronics, the rubber, the upholstery material, all of the plastics,” Klaren mentioned.
“We need to innovate and research around those because there are no solutions today on how to get down to truly net zero.”