Furthering its efforts to reduce its CO2 emissions in its supply chain, becoming carbon neutral by 2030, sports car manufacturer - Porsche - calls for its 1,300 suppliers to use renewable energy exclusively when manufacturing Porsche components from July 2021.
What Does This Mean for Porsche’s current Suppliers?
The calling applies to any contract awarded for providing production materials for new vehicle projects. Porsche states that any supplier unwilling to switch to certified green energy will no longer be considered for contracts with Porsche long term.
"Our battery cell suppliers have already had to use green energy since 2020. And now we are taking the next important step: we stipulate that our series suppliers also use only renewable energy to produce our components, to help reduce CO2 emissions even further. We recognise that we have a responsibility to ensure that supply chains are transparent and sustainable," said Uwe-Karsten Städter, Member of the Executive Board for Procurement at Porsche AG.
Setting Ambitious Goals for its Supply Chain
Across its entire value chain, Porsche has set its ambitions to be CO2 neutral by 2030. Currently, its supply chain is responsible for roughly 20% of its total greenhouse gas emissions, however, this percentage is expected to rise to 40% by 2030 due to increased electrification.
Porsche does, however, plan to tackle the issue head-on, Städter adds, “by using only renewable energy sources, our suppliers are following our example in our efforts to reach CO2-neutrality. We plan to have even more intensive talks with our partners in order to drive forward improvements in our sustainability. It is only by working together that we will be able to combat ongoing climate change.”
Porsche Also Sets Ambitions to Reduce CO2 Emissions in its Own Plants
Launching the Taycan in 2019, the first all-electric sports car made in Porsche’s Zuffenhausen plant in Stuttgart has been carbon neutral from the very beginning.
Since 2020, this has also been true for vehicles made at its headquarters. At the start of 2021, Porsche’s development centre in Weissach and its plant in Leipzig also become carbon neutral, making all of Porsche’s large sites CO2 neutral in its operations.
Porsche will also be investing over one billion euros into decarbonisation measures in the next 10 years. By 2030, Porsche aims to have more than 80% of all new vehicles sold to be purely electric or plug-in hybrid models.