Porsche has become quite focused on its goal of reducing its carbon footprint. As one of the most electrified automotive brands in the world, bringing decades of experience making fun cars and bringing it to the future of electrification, Porsche knows the importance of environmental care. When Porsche built its most recent factory expansion, for the Taycan electric car in 2017, it was extremely focused on building the production line to be as careful as possible with resources. In fact, all of Porsche’s large sites, including Zuffenhausen and Weissach, have been converted over to carbon neutral in terms of operations. Not only is Porsche leading the way toward a reduced carbon future, but it’s asking its suppliers to work harder to follow in their footsteps.
In short, Porsche is putting its money where its mouth is. Any new contracts awarded to companies providing production materials for new vehicles will only be considered for suppliers switching to certified green energy. “Our battery cell suppliers have already had to use green energy since 2020. And now we are taking the next important step: we stipulate that our series suppliers also use only renewable energy to produce our components, to help reduce CO2-emissions even further. We recognize that we have a responsibility to ensure that supply chains are transparent and sustainable,” says Uwe-Karsten Städter, Member of the Executive Board for Procurement at Porsche AG.
Porsche wants to be completely carbon neutral across its entire “value chain” including suppliers and dealers by the end of the decade. Right now Porsche has identified its supply chain as being responsible for about 20 percent of the company’s total greenhouse gas emissions. As Porsche transitions away from pure fossil fuel power in its production, and continues reducing its climate impact, it sees the supply chain as becoming an ever increasing percentage to as much as 40 percent by 2030.
“By using only renewable energy sources, our suppliers are following our example in our efforts to reach CO2-neutrality. We plan to have even more intensive talks with our partners in order to drive forward improvements in our sustainability. It is only by working together that we will be able to combat ongoing climate change,” explains Städter.
With carbon-neutral production for the Taycan, it is among the most environmentally friendly ways to have a whole lot of fun. And don’t forget the all-electric next generation Macan coming in a year or two! With these EcoFast EVs continuing to drive Porsche forward into the future, it’s more important than ever to remove carbon from the production process. As suppliers get better at their processes, and consume green energy from solar, hydro, wind, geothermal, and nuclear sources, Porsche products will contribute ever less to global greenhouse gasses.
It’s good to see Porsche leading the way on something like this, and dragging the rest of the automotive world kicking and screaming into the future. For every supplier that Porsche converts to green energy, other new cars will benefit as well, because the parts that those suppliers make for other companies will equally benefit from a reduction in carbon produced. This is an incredible move forward for the brand, and I’m proud to call myself a Porsche enthusiast today.