Circular Economy Facts

Circular economy facts: European automotive manufactures have significantly reduced the environmental impact of vehicle production over the last decade.

Energy consumption per car produced has been decreased by 12.4% over the last decade

As cars have become equipped with ever more features to make them safer, cleaner and smarter, the complexity of vehicle production has increased. This increase in complexity affects energy demand. Nevertheless, manufacturers have been working continuously to improve the energy efficiency of production, bringing total energy consumption down by 14.8% since 2005.



Fluctuations in energy consumption can be explained by lower production volumes, especially during the economic crisis, as well as variable weather conditions in some years.

Water use per car produced has been reduced by 39.2% between 2005 and 2014

Long-term strategies for reducing water consumption have made it possible to significantly reduce the use of water. Recirculation technologies for the reuse of water have brought down total water consumption by 40.9% over the last decade.


CO2 emissions per car produced dropped by 25.4% between 2005 and 2014, while the overall figure went down by 27.4%, reflecting the industry’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions


Waste generated by the manufacturing of passenger cars went down by 5.4% over ten years

Waste fluctuations, both in absolute and per unit terms can be explained by the occurrence of singular events, such as a fall in total production during the economic crisis.

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