Study confirms: Green mobility saves fuel, CO2 emissions

  • Study commissioned by LANXESS, conducted by China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC)
  • Around 380,000 tons of fuel consumption and 1.26 million tons CO2 emissions could be reduced in Shanghai by 2020 with green mobility technology
  • Green tires and lightweight materials are effective in protecting environment

December 19, 2012 , Shanghai – Lightweight materials and green tires are more efficient and feasible in the sustainable development of the mobility industry, according to a study by China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC), commissioned by specialty chemicals company LANXESS, a major supplier to the automotive industry.


The study analyzes four types of innovation enabling green mobility along with their effects including green tires, light weight materials, aerodynamics techiques and new energy vehicles. In particular, the study takes a close look into Shanghai and discusses the effects of innovative technology on the city.


Shanghai has taken a leading role in the mobility trend. There are nearly 1.95 million passenger cars on Shanghai’s road in 2011 and the number is expected to grow by more than 60 percent to 3.16 million by 2020. Meanwhile, there is a pressing need for Shanghai to control the fuel consumption and emissions by vehicles as the city targets to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 18 percent and 19 percent respectively by 2015.


According to the study, the four green mobility technology could save approximately 380,000 tons of fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions by 1.26 million tons in Shanghai by 2020, equivalent to reducing passenger cars by around 340,000 units.


Green Tires: strong example for fuel and cost efficiency

While the four types of innovation could contribute to the sustainable development of the automobile industry, the study finds out green tires and light weight materials are the most viable.


“Green tires feature advantages such as cost efficiency, wide use in all kinds of vehicles as well as application in both new cars and replacement market. Support from government could promote the use of fuel-efficient tires effectively,” said Wang Weinan, Head of Intelligence Division of CATARC.


According to industry experts, green tires with lower rolling resistance could save 4% to 6% of fuel consumption without compromising on safety. This makes them an extremely attractive option for any consumer to increase fuel efficiency and save costs. Likewise, it is also attractive for fleet operators.


While the European Union, the United States, Japan and South Korea already enacted tire labeling systems to promote the use of green tires, China is planning to roll out similar standards.


China’s Rubber Industry Association has launched a program which calls for half of China's tire makers to be capable of producing a fuel-efficient tire by 2015, and for 25 percent of passenger vehicle tire production to be “Green Tires” by the same date. The association will adopt a standard similar to European Union’s labeling system, which rated fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise level of tires.


Lightweight materials: high potential for fuel saving

The study by CATARC finds out that light weight materials could make the biggest contribution in saving fuel and CO2 emissions in Shanghai. In the condition that half cars in Shanghai reduce weight by 10 percent by 2020, around 159,000 tons of fuel consumption and 524,000 tons of CO2 emissions could be reduced, equivalent to having 143,000 cars on the road. 


“Plastics and plastic-metal hybrids are finding increasing use in the automobile industry with applications from under the hood to functional parts such as fastening elements, guides, contact surfaces, engine bearings, door structures, front ends and seat cross-members,” added Wang. “High-tech plastics boast many advantages including lower processing costs, exceptional strength and stability. They also bring entirely new construction and design possibilities.”


Martin Kraemer, CEO of LANXESS Greater China, said, “with the increasing conflicts between expanding mobility and needs to protect the environment, innovative solutions will play a vital role to drive the green mobility forward”.


“ LANXESS, as a responsible specialty chemical company, is pleased to join hands with CATARC to raise awareness towards the sustainable development of auto industry and contribute to the technical advancement with our know-how in green tires and plastics,” added Martin Kraemer.


CATARC is a nationwide research institute under the administration of the State-owed Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC). It has strong research capability in auto safety, reduction in fuel consumption and emissions and new energy cars. It is a key voice when formulating auto industry policies, standards and regulations.


The study is based on solid database and consultation with industry experts, leading auto companies and tire makers.


Further inquiries regarding the study, please contact Wilson Yun from CATARC (Tel: 022-84379226).

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.8 billion in 2011 and currently around 17,100 employees in 31 countries. The company is at present represented at 49 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainable indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and FTSE4Good.

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