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”.
SMMT’s 18th Sustainability Report, which reviews data from 2016, has seen a further increase in the number of signatories and for the first time includes a materiality assessment, examining current, emerging and future priorities of vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, as well as other stakeholders, including government advisors, academics, charities, environmental NGOs and trade unions.
- 28 signatories contributed to this 18th report, the longest standing sector sustainability report available.
- Turnover of UK automotive industry rose 9% to £77.5 billion in 2016.
- In 2016, 814,000 people were dependent on the sector for jobs.
- Vehicle production rose by 8.3% to 1.82 million units.
- New vehicle registrations increased by 0.2% to 3.07 million units, with alternatively fuelled vehicles accounting for 3.3% share of the car market.
- Average new car CO2 emissions fell 1.1% to 120.1g/km.
- Euro 6 became mandatory for all new cars from September 2015, to further tackle air quality.
- Signatories’ energy use per vehicle produced fell by 0.1%, water use by 7.6% and waste to landfill by 24.2% in 2015, compared with 2014.
- Number of lost time incidents per 1,000 employees fell by 18.6% to a record low.
- Average number of training days rose by 9.1% in 2016
The SMMT sustainability report has evolved considerably since its inception, and the latest development is the addition of SMMT’s first materiality assessment to ensure the report continues to cover the most important challenges facing the industry.
In this edition, as a starting point, SMMT has covered topics scored highest by external and internal stakeholders.
It needs to be noted that the assessment outcomes presented here represent only a snapshot in time. The issues identified are evolving and additional ones are appearing over time. Therefore, future assessments can be expected.
- ATP (ATP)
- Aston Martin Lagonda (Aston Martin, Lagonda)
- Bentley Motors Limited (Bentley)
- BMW Group (BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce)
- Bosch (Bosch)
- CabAuto (CabAuto)
- Caterpillar (Caterpillar, Perkins)
- Covpress Assembly Ltd (Covpress Assembly Ltd)
- DHL (DHL)
- Ford Motor Company Limited (Ford)
- General Motors UK Limited (Vauxhall, Opel and Holden)
- GKN Driveline Limited (GKN)
- Honda (UK) and Honda of the UK Manufacturing Limited (Honda)
- IBC Vehicles Limited (Vauxhall, Opel)
- Jaguar Land Rover Ltd (Jaguar Cars, Land Rover)
- Leyland Trucks (DAF Trucks)
- Lotus (Lotus)
- Michelin Tyre plc (Michelin)
- Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited and Nissan Technology Centre Group (Infiniti, Nissan)
- Optare (Optare)
- Pritex (Pritex)
- PSA Group (Citroen, Peugeot, DS Automobiles)
- Schaeffler (Schaeffler)
- Toyota (GB) plc and Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd (Lexus, Toyota)
- Unipart (Unipart Logistics)
- Volkswagen Group (UK) Ltd (Audi, SEAT, Skoda, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles)