A major issue for the 21st century, decarbonisation refers to the process of transitioning to a low-carbon economy in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
The goal of carbon neutrality, set for 2050 as part of the Paris Agreement, implies achieving a balance between greenhouse gas emissions and their absorption, particularly by natural carbon sinks such as forests and oceans, and artificial ones such as carbon capture and storage technologies.
Decarbonisation in manufacturing
In manufacturing, the challenge of decarbonisation involves significantly reducing emissions while maintaining economic competitiveness and encouraging the reindustrialisation of regions. Several levers need to be activated at this level:
- Electrification of industrial processes, to replace fossil fuels with electricity from renewable sources to power production equipment and processes ;
- Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS): implementing technologies to capture CO2 emissions at source and store them securely in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
- Improving the energy performance of industrial buildings, equipment and processes to reduce energy consumption and associated emissions;
- Alternative materials: using materials with a low carbon footprint, such as bioplastics or composites, to replace traditional materials with a high carbon footprint;
- Industrialisation of the circular economy: integrating the principles of the circular economy into production processes, encouraging recycling, reuse and the reduction of resource consumption;
- Financial and regulatory incentives: put in place support and financial incentive schemes as well as regulations to encourage companies to invest in decarbonisation and green technologies.
Decarbonisation in the automotive sector
As part of the Climate Plan supported by the 27 Member States of the European Union, the end of combustion engine vehicles has been set for 2035. This decision reflects the EU’s determination to move towards more environmentally friendly mobility and to significantly reduce the environmental impact of road transport.
Faced with this ambitious target, carmakers are having to rethink their production models and invest massively in the development of low-emission vehicles, such as electric, hybrid and hydrogen-powered vehicles. Innovations in powertrains, batteries and recharging infrastructure are crucial to the transition to sustainable mobility.
The decarbonisation of the automotive manufacturing industry is not limited to vehicle engines. It also encompasses vehicle design and production, incorporating lighter, recyclable materials, energy-efficient manufacturing processes and supply chain optimisation to reduce CO2 emissions at every stage of the vehicle life cycle.
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