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Demand for SUVs Increases the Global CO2 Emissions

SUVs were the second-largest contributor to the increase in global CO2 emissions ahead of heavy industry.



Due to rapid urbanisation and economic development, the demand for premium and luxury cars is increasing. Over last decade the sales of SUVs have doubled significantly. The Emissions from these SUVs rose to 700 megatons of CO2.


IEA analysis shows the change in CO2 emissions in different energy sectors. While Power sector drove a larger increase in carbon emissions, SUVs were the second-largest contributor to the increase in global CO2 emissions ahead of heavy industry (including iron & steel, cement, aluminium), as well as trucks and aviation. The IEA also figured the share of SUVs in total car sales in key markets steadily increased their share across major markets all around the world.

Since the dramatic shift towards bigger and heavier cars has increased the sales of SUVs, it is necessary for SUVs and other car manufacturers to regularly find the margins on the emissions.


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