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Newer cars, alternative power sources
Kamux supports the national energy and climate strategy and emissions reduction targets. Transportation accounts for approximately a fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions globally. As for all road transportation emissions, passenger car transportation accounts for approximately 45 percent (Ourworldindata.org). The CO2 emissions of the car manufacturing industry are high, and existing vehicles should therefore be used in a sensible way for the whole extent of their life-cycle and the remaining materials reused within the circular economy. Kamux offers its customer a broad selection of cars, including also low-emission combustion engine cars utilizing new technology as well as alternative power sources. However, the disposable income of house-holds defines the car choices people make as well as the price category of the vehicles most people can purchase.
In Finland, emissions have declined by approximately one third from the year 2010 to 2019 (Ilmasto-opas.fi). The average CO2emissions of passenger cars used in Finnish transportation were 153.5 g/km (Liikenne-fakta.fi) at the end of 2020 (155.4, NEDC). The CO2 emissions of Kamux’s imported cars in 2020 were on average 130.7 g/km (129.7). We renew Finland’s car stock by importing newer cars with lower CO2 emissions compared to the average car currently used on Finnish roads. The average age of the cars imported by Kamux was 4.3 years in 2020, compared to the average age of approximately 12.5 years of passenger cars in traffic use in Finland in 2020, as reported by the Finnish Information Centre of Automobile Sector. According to Statistics Finland, the average age of registered passenger cars or passenger cars in traffic use has risen every year since 2007.
Of the cars we imported into Finland in 2020, 29 percent (24) were running on alternative power sources, including hybrids, electric, natural gas or ethanol cars, and they accounted for approximately 8 percent (6) of all the cars we sold in Finland. Our shop-in-shop concept Kamux Green offers a wide selection of hybrid, electric and gas cars under one roof. Kamux Green has expanded to three showrooms already.
Even though the relative use of alternative power sources is increasing, the absolute quantities are still low, and the European car fleet changes slowly. In 2020, 20 percent (9) of first-time registered passenger cars in Finland were natural gas, electric and ethanol cars as well as plug-in hybrids, 61 percent (78) were combustion engine cars and 19 percent (14) were non-rechargeable hybrids. In 2020, less than 3 percent (2) of Finland’s entire car fleet consisted of natural gas, electric and ethanol cars as well as plug-in hybrids (Finnish Information Centre of Automobile Sector).
In 2020 in Sweden, 32 percent (13) of first-time registered cars and 8 percent (7) of the entire car fleet were natural gas, electric and ethanol cars as well as plug-in hybrids (Trafa.se). In 2020 in Germany, 14 percent (3) of first-time registered cars and still under 2 percent (2) of the entire car fleet were natural gas, electric and ethanol cars as well as plug-in hybrids (Kraft-fahrt-Bundesamt).
Promoting circular economy
We carry out used car retail by purchasing cars through our sourcing network and from individual consumers and by selling them forward. Purchasing cars is always done according to Kamux’s procurement guidelines. In 2020, we carried out maintenance and repair measures and equipment upgrades to 56 percent of the cars sold so that the cars will remain usable for the extent of their reasonable life-cycle. Kamux’s operations are based on recycling and they are part of a circular economy where non-renewable natural resources are saved through repairs, re-using and recycling.
We use resources sensibly and expect the same from our partners. The most significant climate impacts of our operations result from moving cars between showrooms. We seek to optimize the transportation of cars through the selection of routes and transportation modes. By investing in knowledge management, we aim to combine supply and demand. Thus, we can place the cars in our showrooms in a way that minimizes transferring them. We have instructed our personnel on driving in an economical and environmentally friendly way. The cars are fueled with only the necessary amount of fuel. Kamux’s fuel consumption in 2020 was 29 liters (29) per car sold.
Service, repair and cleaning are done by local partners to avoid unnecessary driving. This is also a way of supporting businesses to provide employment across the country in all of Kamux’s operating countries. We have approximately five thousand partners in total, including car sourcing channels and partners.
We use recycled spare parts of high quality when possible. For example, engines, gear systems, turbos, steering gears and other bigger spare parts are mainly rebuilt. Smaller spare parts are new. We expect that our partners recycle their waste such as batteries, tires and problem waste in an appropriate manner.
We minimize the amount of waste and recycle the waste we produce. We pay Finnish Car Recycling a yearly membership fee related to recycling car parts appropriately. We favor recycled furniture when furnishing our office premises. In 2020, the amount of waste totaled 25.86 tons (21.85). The waste recovery rate was 95% (97) and he recycling rate was 12% (13). The amount of waste and the waste recovery rate are affected by the volume of operations as well as fluctuations in waste component volumes. The information for 2020 covers 45 out of 50 showrooms in Finland (48). In the remaining showrooms, waste management is part of a more comprehensive property maintenance contract. We restrain energy consumption in showrooms, focusing particularly on properties where we can directly influence the energy solutions used.