2022 China Auto Forum: Carbon Peak-out and Carbon Neutrality

CO2 reduction in China, drive battery carbon emissions, low-carbon power generation



Venue for the 2022 China Auto Forum (Source: China Auto Forum)

  The 2022 China Auto Forum, organized by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), was held November 8-10 in Jiading District, Shanghai. The Forum has been postponed many times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Forum consisted of 18 sessions, including one closed-door summit, one conference forum, and 16 thematic sessions, with more than 200 speakers from government departments, industry associations, finished vehicle and components manufacturers, technology companies, universities, and research institutes.

  In September 2020, China set a goal of achieving "carbon peak-out" by 2030 and "carbon neutrality" by 2060. China's “carbon peak-out, carbon neutrality" has serious strategic significance in many areas. These include: making a significant contribution to slowing global warming (China's greenhouse gas emissions in 2021 were 33% of the world's total); achieving an energy transition; moving away from dependence on foreign oil; national energy security; “twin carbon” technology (carbon peak-out and carbon neutrality); promoting industrial and economic development; and increasing national competitiveness and voice. This report introduces the contents of the presentations on carbon peak-out and carbon neutrality in the Chinese automotive industry given by speakers from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), the China Automotive Power Battery Industry Innovation Alliance, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in thematic Session 8, "Carbon peaking of auto industry in the energy transition”.

  Mr. Qing WANG, Deputy Director of the Market Economy Research Institute, Development Research Center of the State Council of China, gave a video lecture in thematic Session 2, “Focusing on development strategies of the auto industry in the new era”, stating that the direct carbon emission reductions per vehicle in-use have accelerated with the increasing share of NEVs (New Energy Vehicles) since 2017. Furthermore, although EVs emit more carbon than gasoline vehicles during the production process, their carbon emission advantage in-use is obvious. From a whole life cycle perspective, the carbon emissions of EVs are clearly lower than those of gasoline or diesel vehicles. In particular, emission reductions are clearly prominent with small and mid-size EVs and in areas covered by the electric power grids in central and southern China. The number of NEVs are expected to reach 12 million units by 2025, with a market share of nearly 40%. It is believed that more and more efforts will be made to support and promote carbon peak-out in the automobile sector. From a whole life cycle perspective, the carbon peak-out in the automotive sector will take about 7-8 years to be realized.


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