2016 Sustainability Report – the 17th edition

Download the 2016 Automotive Sustainability Report

SMMT’s 17th Sustainability Report, which reviews data from 2015, has seen a further increase in the number of signatories and has a new focus – the complete product life-cycle from production, through in use performance to end-of-life. This is timely as mandatory targets now require 95% of the vehicle (by weight) be reused, recycled or recovered.

The Sustainability Report covers four key areas:


The Sustainability Report includes a range of case studies – read them here.

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is achieving the right balance of economic progress, environmental care and social responsibility.

Another widely-cited definition from the 1987 Brundtland Report states, “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

UK Automotive in summary

Sustainability in context


Report signatories (brand)


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