Sustainability lies at the heart of the UK automotive industry. From improving the environmental performance of vehicle and component manufacture, to the investment in the skills of employees, right through to the remanufacturing or “second life” of components and the recycling of end-of-life vehicles, the industry seeks to ensure it is a model of industrial sustainability.
SMMT’s 19th Sustainability Report, which reviews data from 2017, 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.
- 27 signatories contributed to this 19th report, the longest standing sector sustainability report available.
- Turnover of UK automotive industry rose 5.3% to £82 billion in 2017.
- In 2017, 856,000 people were dependent on the sector for jobs.
- Vehicle production declined by 4% to 1.75 million units.
- New vehicle registrations decreased by 5.4% to 2.9 million units, with alternatively fuelled vehicles accounting for 4.7% share of the car market.
- Average new car CO2 emissions increased 0.8% to 121g/km.
- Signatories’ energy use per vehicle produced fell by 0.7%, water use by 7.9%.
- Number of women employed increased by 1.7% to 11.9% of the workforce.
- Average number of training days rose by 23.3% in 2017
The SMMT sustainability report has evolved considerably since its inception, and the addition of SMMT’s materiality assessment ensures the report continues to cover the most important challenges facing the industry.
Below are the outcomes of the materiality assessment performed in 2017, which outlines the key areas for the industry and external stakeholders. See the 18th Sustainability Report for details.
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)
- 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)
- Volvo Car UK Ltd