Peak Oil News: Hidden Costs of Vehicle Replacement

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Hidden Costs of Vehicle Replacement

ENERGY FACTS: THE AUTOMOBILE & THE ENVIRONMENT

Manufacturing an automobile requires approximately 450,000 litres (120,000 gallons) of water which comes in clean and goes out polluted in one way or another. The energy required to produce a vehicle is also very large, equal to about 12% of the energy used by the vehicle in its lifetime. In North America, the automobile is also one of the largest users of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Car air conditioning units and CFC blown foam seating in automobiles, are responsible for 28% of the ozone depleting CFCs released into the atmosphere every year.


Perhaps it might be better to repair and reuse existing vehicles?


1 Comments:

At 7:38 PM, June 08, 2004, Blogger WHT said...

I fact-checked this recently and the 12% number looks accurate

 

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