How Did Your Favourite Car Brand Perform At Climate Summit?

Tue 16th Nov 2021

The UK hosted the Cop26 climate summit this month, and while the politicians fought it out to decide which countries were to blame for the impending environmental disaster, some of the world’s biggest brands were also under the microscope.

Oil companies obviously face intense scrutiny when climate and carbon emissions are being discussed, but car companies too face pressure and an influential think tank has named some recognisable car brands as big culprits.

InfluenceMap has released its Corporate Climate Policy Footprint Report, ranking the 50 most influential companies which are currently blocking climate policy worldwide. On the list, which was topped by two of America’s biggest oil producers, Japanese brand Toyota were named.

The report said that Toyota’s recent initiatives to retain the internal combustion engine was one of the key reasons for their ranking.

“Toyota Motor has campaigned against proposed regulations globally to phase out internal combustion engines in favor of electric vehicles in 2020-21 and ranks 3rd on InfluenceMap’s list of global companies most negatively influencing Paris-aligned climate policy. It is joined by BMW (18th), Daimler (24th), and Hyundai (25th) from the automotive sector, which as a group is highly negative on stringent climate regulation on the automotive sector,” the report said.

It is noticeable that BMW were also featured heavily on the list, the German company controversially refused to join a new international declaration on ICE vehicles at Cop26, which commits all signatories to ensure all new vehicles are zero-emission by 2040.

A BMW spokesperson said: “To set an end date for producing any internal combustion engines we must see a very significant increase and development of charging infrastructure. The reality is that current provision varies considerably in different markets. For a fully electrified future to be realised, this must rapidly change.”