Speak Up Energy

A man in the audience who owns three cars asks the panel:

Should I buy a new car or should I continue to run the old one?

And gives the answer himself:

Actually, I should run the old one, at least fo another 250,000 kilometres. Why? Because over that period it will pollute as much as the new car when it’s being manufactured.

Stephan Singer from WWF fiercely contradicts:

I would advise you to buy a new car, but definitely that doesn’t mean you have to throw away all your old equipment immediately. (…) A lifecycle analysis will tell you that the energy consumed is much higher then the energy used in manufacturing.

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  1. He doesn’t actually state to throw away the old car immediately, he actually states he would “advise him to buy a new car, but doesn’t mean he should throw away all his old equipment immediately” – so slightly overrated here with the title!

  2. On second listening, what he says is: “I would advise you to buy a new car, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw away all your old equipment immediately.” The post is being changed accordingly.

  3. Until we have clear environmental declarations (rather than the current smoke and mirrors), we can only speculate about the answer. Some car manufacturers have produced detail environmental product declarations for cars, but they seem to be very hard to find.

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