Greenpeace East Asia ranked the world’s top 10 carmakers on their climate action.
Are they doing enough to save us from the worst climate disasters?


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*Combustion engine vehicles, including hybrids, rely on burning fossil fuels to operate.

Greenpeace East Asia’s findings are based on their report Auto Environmental Guide 2022, published in Sept 2022. Changes in ranking compared to 2021 are shown below (↑ # or ↓ #). The percentage of zero-emission vehicle sales has been added as a new criteria for evaluation.

Toyota

Overall score: 10.0/100 #10
0.18%

2021 zero-emission vehicle sales %

7.48

Combustion engine vehicle phase-out

3

Supply chain decarbonisation

0.5

Resource sustainability

-1.0

Violations/negative climate lobbying

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Honda

Overall score: 12.8/100 #9 (↓3 )
0.35%

2021 zero-emission vehicle sales %

9.78

Combustion engine vehicle phase-out

3

Supply chain decarbonisation

0.5

Resource sustainability

-0.5

Violations/negative climate lobbying

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Nissan

Overall score: 13.4/100 #8 (↓3 )
2.20%

2021 zero-emission vehicle sales %

6.41

Combustion engine vehicle phase-out

5

Supply chain decarbonisation

2.5

Resource sustainability

-0.5

Violations/negative climate lobbying

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Stellantis

Overall score: 19.3/100 #7 (↑2 )
2.86%

2021 zero-emission vehicle sales %

13.81

Combustion engine vehicle phase-out

6

Supply chain decarbonisation

0.5

Resource sustainability

-1.0

Violations/negative climate lobbying

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Renault

Overall score: 20.3/100 #6 (↓3 )
6.69%

2021 zero-emission vehicle sales %

14.27

Combustion engine vehicle phase-out

6

Supply chain decarbonisation

0.5

Resource sustainability

-0.5

Violations/negative climate lobbying

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Hyundai-Kia

Overall score: 22.3/100 #5 (↓1 )
3.49%

2021 zero-emission vehicle sales %

11.85

Combustion engine vehicle phase-out

11

Supply chain decarbonisation

0.5

Resource sustainability

-1.0

Violations/negative climate lobbying

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Ford

Overall score: 23.5/100 #4 (↑4 )
1.40%

2021 zero-emission vehicle sales %

15.47

Combustion engine vehicle phase-out

8

Supply chain decarbonisation

0.5

Resource sustainability

-0.5

Violations/negative climate lobbying

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Volkswagen

Overall score: 33.3/100 #3 (↓1 )
5.21%

2021 zero-emission vehicle sales %

20.76

Combustion engine vehicle phase-out

12

Supply chain decarbonisation

1

Resource sustainability

-0.5

Violations/negative climate lobbying

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Mercedes-Benz

Overall score: 37.0/100 #2 (↑5 )
3.82%

2021 zero-emission vehicle sales %

21.03

Combustion engine vehicle phase-out

14

Supply chain decarbonisation

3

Resource sustainability

-1.0

Violations/negative climate lobbying

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General Motors

Overall score: 38.5/100 #1
8.18%

2021 zero-emission vehicle sales %

24.98

Combustion engine vehicle phase-out

14

Supply chain decarbonisation

0.5

Resource sustainability

-1.0

Violations/negative climate lobbying

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Find out how Greenpeace East Asia evaluated the carmakers

Phase out fossil fuel vehicles including hybrids.

On average, 80% of lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions are produced while a car is being driven.4

Under this criteria, Greenpeace East Asia evaluate: 1) zero-emission vehicles sales target, 2) combustion engine vehicle phase-out plan, 3) renewable energy charging infrastructure.

Reduce carbon emissions in supply chains

The other 20% of a car’s lifecycle emissions are released during the manufacturing process, especially from steel production.4

Reduce, Reuse & recycle batteries & resources

Carmakers must reduce resource consumption, reuse batteries, and recover metals to minimise environmental impact.

*Overall scores also reflect deductions on negative climate lobbying & violations of CO2 emission regulations.

The automakers should:


1 IEA: Global EV outlook.
2 IEA: Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Energy: Overview.
3 Toyota opposed stricter car emissions standards or fought electric vehicle mandates in markets including the Australia, EU, US, and UK.
4 IEA: Comparative life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of a mid-size BEV and ICE vehicle.
5 According to WRI’s State of Climate Action 2021 report, in order to be aligned with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C temperature goal, the share of BEVs and FCEVs in global car sales would need to reach 75% by 2025, and in leading markets would need to hit 100% by 2030.
6 Greenpeace East Asia: Auto Environmental Guide 2022, A comparative analysis of global automakers’ decarbonisation: recent actions and future plans.