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The Latest Stats on Sustainability

BY Jim Cole & Julie Davitz Bank of the West

Apr 1st 2021

We see tons of stats on sustainability here at Means & Matters. The numbers tell stories. Here’s the latest By the Numbers.

  1. The year global gasoline consumption is believed to have peaked: 2019

  2. The year Shell’s oil production peaked: 2019

  3. The year India’s coal power use may have peaked: 2018

  4. The year GM plans to offer 100% electric vehicles: 2035

  5. Amount GM plans to spend in next 5 years to produce 100% EVs by 2035: $27,000,000,000

  6. The most Americans say they’re willing to pay for an electric vehicle: $25,000

  7. Average cost of an electric car in 2019: $55,600

  8. Tons of CO2 emitted annually by a typical superyacht (with a permanent crew, helicopter pad, submarines and pools): 7,020

  9. Number of billionaires who made enough money during the pandemic to vaccinate the entire world: 10

  10. Percent of CO2 emissions tied to global food waste: 10%

  11. Percent of food worldwide that was wasted in 2019: 17%

  12. Amount wealthy countries committed to give to poorer countries annually by 2020 to fight global warming: $100,000,000,000

  13. Amount wealthy countries actually gave to poorer countries in 2018 to fight global warming: $78,900,000,000

  14. Percentage of large investors that use climate data to manage risk: 50%

Footnotes

(1) IEA – Oil 2021; https://www.iea.org/reports/oil-2021

(2) Shell – “Shell accelerates drive for net-zero emissions with customer-first strategy”; https://www.shell.com/media/news-and-media-releases/2021/shell-accelerates-drive-for-net-zero-emissions-with-customer-first-strategy.html

(3) Ember – “Peaking Coal” report; https://ember-climate.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/India-Peaking-Coal-Ember.pdf

(4) CNBC – “General Motors plans to exclusively offer electric vehicles by 2035″; https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/28/general-motors-plans-to-exclusively-offer-electric-vehicles-by-2035.html

(5) CNBC – “GM ups spending on EVs and autonomous cars by 35% to $27 billion” https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/19/gm-accelerating-ev-plans-with-additional-7-billion-announces-new-pickup.html

(6) Morning Consult – Energy Efficiency Series: Electric Vehicles Consumers Polling; https://morningconsult.com/2021/02/09/energy-efficiency-series-electric-vehicles-consumers-polling/

(7) Car and Driver – How Much is an Electric Car; https://www.caranddriver.com/research/a31544842/how-much-is-an-electric-car/

(8) EcoWatch – “Private Planes, Mansions and Superyachts: Calculating Billionaires’ Massive Carbon Footprint; https://www.ecowatch.com/carbon-footprint-billionaires-2650552617.html?rebelltitem=1#rebelltitem1

(9) Oxfam International-“Virus Inequality Report” ; https://www.oxfam.org/en/research/inequality-virus?cid=aff_affwd_donate_id78888&awc=5991_1614715761_645b4c2f965a8bf1cffa067025725555

(10) In one year a billion tons of food got wasted – Mostly at home?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-04/in-one-year-a-billion-tons-of-food-got-wasted-mostly-at-home?

(11) 17% of total food available to consumers in 2019 was wasted

(12) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) “Climate finance for developing countries rose to USD 78.9 billion in 2018″; https://www.oecd.org/newsroom/climate-finance-for-developing-countries-rose-to-usd-78-9-billion-in-2018oecd.htm

(13) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) “Climate finance for developing countries rose to USD 78.9 billion in 2018″; https://www.oecd.org/newsroom/climate-finance-for-developing-countries-rose-to-usd-78-9-billion-in-2018oecd.htm

(14) MSCI – “Investment Insights 2021″; https://www.msci.com/zh/our-clients/asset-owners/investment-insights-report

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