SMMT President reveals motor industry results

26 November 2001 #SMMT News
  • Sustainability Report launched at SMMT Annual Dinner
  • Energy consumption down 22 per cent
  • £1.3 billion invested in R&D
  • 850,000 jobs now involved in the sector

SMMT President Nick Reilly CBE, unveiled the 2nd Annual Sustainability Report

which showed that the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector continues to lead the

way in achieving economic growth, using less materials and developing employees.

Speaking at the SMMT’s 85th Annual Dinner, attended by Minister

of State for Industry and Energy Brian Wilson MP, Nick Reilly CBE said, ‘After

the boom and bust of the dotcom era, the motor industry emerges yet again as

the bluechip industry which consistently delivers real value by listening to


‘The motor industry is one of the most complex and fascinating

sectors in the 21st Century landscape and the Annual Sustainability Report clearly

demonstrates our leadership in delivering on the three pillars of economic,

social and environmental achievement.

‘I am particularly pleased to report that energy consumption

in our factories has fallen some 22 per cent year on year, Carbon Dioxide emissions

from plants are down 17 per cent year on year, whilst at the same time 82 per

cent of signatories achieved Investor in People status.

‘2001 is set to be a record year for vehicle sales, and the

aftermarket has recovered after tough commercial challenges in 2000. Britain

has more manufacturers making cars and commercial vehicles than any other country

and we should celebrate the benefits that our industry brings to the UK economy’.


Notes to Editors:

  1. The Sustainability Strategy was launched by the SMMT in

    March 2000 with 11 major companies, employing more than 95,000 people and

    with a combined annual turnover of over £20,000 million, as founding

    signatories. The 1st Annual Report provided detailed information and assessment

    of the industry’s performance in three key areas; environmental, social and


  2. The 2nd Annual Sustainability Report has increased its coverage

    with 18 major companies reporting across 44 sites in the UK. The report now

    reflects a total sector turnover of £45 billion with exports totalling

    £19.8 billion.

  3. The key indicators for the report show:
Indicator 1999 2000 % Change


CO2 emissions from plants (Mtonnes)

Energy Consumption (M KW/Hr)











Sector turnover (billion)

R&D Investment (million)

Number of jobs dependent on sector










Percentage of signatories achieving Investor in People


Staff Turnover




10 %


The gaps in the table relate to data that could not be verified

in 1999. The 2nd Annual Report provides the benchmark upon which to build future


4. A full copy of the report can be viewed (on this web site)

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