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Polestar’s pledge for carbon neutrality

The Polestar 2 has a carbon footprint of around 26 tonnes. By 2030 Polestar wants to have reduced this to zero. Photo:Polestar


By Patryk Krych | The World Daily | APRIL 9th 2021


Polestar, the performance brand of Volvo, have made a pledge to produce the world’s first entirely carbon-neutral car by 2030.

This of course means that Polestar are aiming to build a vehicle that does not use or emit any sorts of carbon dioxide during either use or production, under the conviction that taking steps to replant forests and offer carbon-trapping methods will not be enough to keep global temperatures from rising by a dangerous and potentially devastating degree by 2050.

Polestar have become associated with electric cars since 2017, when they had first introduced their production of the ‘hybrid GT’. As such, the company has begun to think forward to making more environmentally conscious cars, expecting that in order to make an entirely carbon-neutral vehicle will require the reconsidering of their “traditional approach, innovation, and exponential tech.”

At the moment, there are no real plans as to how to make the production of this vehicle a reality – as the production process will need to be just as carbon neutral as the vehicle itself to be truly environmentally sustainable.

“We don’t have to worry about combustion engines producing toxic emissions — but that doesn’t mean our job is done,” said Fredrika Klarén, Polestar‘s Head of Sustainability. “We will now work to eradicate all emissions stemming from production.”

Back in 2020, Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath had stated publicly that “Electric cars are not clean.” Whilst the use of electric cars is far more environmentally conscious in comparison to the option of many other sorts of vehicles, Ingenlath stressed that the industry that manufactures the cars is not always entirely honest about the real impacts of electrics vehicles.

“Families bought diesel cars because they wanted to help protect the environment,” Ingenlath added. “They were lied to.”


The road to committing to true carbon neutrality begins with transparency, and for that, it must be understood that even electric cars have their negative environmental impacts. Though the team have no real insights yet, they hope they can achieve their goal by 2030 and refer to it as the ‘Polestar 0 project.’

Having already designed and produced the Polestar 2 – a vehicle that emits no tailpipe emissions, the main focus of the process will be the elimination of carbon emissions from the process of production. It’s this manufacturing process that seems to be the most environmentally harmful in the production of electric vehicles.

“Offsetting is a cop-out,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath recently said in a statement. “By pushing ourselves to create a completely climate-neutral car, we are forced to reach beyond what is possible today. We will have to question everything, innovate and look to exponential technologies as we design towards zero.”

A strategic roadmap has already been devised for the project, with many questions yet to be answered – hopefully by future developments in technology.

It was expressed that alongside the company’s new goals, they will also be far more open about their carbon footprint to better asses their success in environmental responsibility.


By Patryk Krych | © The World Daily 2021