Polestar is a Swedish car brand, determined to improve the society we live in by accelerating the change towards a fully electric, climate-neutral future
Our goal is to build sustainable electric cars and to help create a sustainable society. These are important examples of steps we’ve taken so far: 1. A climate neutral car by 2030 - We’re aiming to make a car that leaves the factory gates with a zero carbon footprint. 2. Building better batteries - We’re exploring ways to improve electric car battery sustainability via repair, refurbishment, and repurposing. 3. Ensuring responsible sourcing - We’re using blockchain to trace risk minerals and promote an ethical and transparent supply chain.
What is your company doing to reduce your emissions or combat key environmental issues (e.g. waste (packaging, end of life product strategy or recycling), biodiversity, land use, water, chemical use, energy use, and natural resource use etc.)?
Electric vehicles do not emit any CO2 during use. But to be truly climate-neutral, we need to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from all phases of the car’s life cycle and charge them using renewable energy. We'll achieve climate neutrality by holding ourselves accountable to three ambitious goals: 01. Create a truly climate-neutral car by 2030 We’ve set ourselves a moonshot goal: to create a truly climate-neutral car by 2030. We aim to eliminate all emissions from our supply chain, manufacturing processes, and end of life, without relying on offsetting methods like tree-planting. 02. Halve our carbon intensity by 2030 Shifting to renewable energy in all our supply chains is one of our key strategic initiatives for reducing emissions. In addition, we’re phasing out the use of materials that do not have the potential to have a fully decarbonised supply chain in favour of materials that do, while also improving resource efficiency and circularity. 03. Become a climate-neutral company by 2040 Our goal is for all cars that roll out of our factories to be climate neutral. We’ve drawn up a roadmap, which brings together our strategic initiatives and sets out tangible targets for the four five-year periods between now and thenLearn more →
How are the products your company offers made from environmentally friendly materials (e.g. recycled, organic materials)?
Polestar is working to change how materials are extracted and processed and materials traceability is one of the most important steps in achieving more sustainable production and supply chains. Material tracing enables us to map supply chains, and to take action where we see negative impacts on people or nature. In our traceability program we target materials that are known to have high risks in the extraction and processing connected to environmental pollution, corruption, human rights violation or animal welfare violations, so called risk materials. Our vision is to trace all risk minerals that are used in the production of our cars, and we are working relentlessly on our roadmap to get there. Used in the interior of Polestar 2, WeaveTech is entirely free of animal products. It’s a water-based (not solvent-based), dirt and moisture resistant, modern PVC material inspired by divers’ wetsuits. It was intentionally designed to be distinct from leather, a redefinition of premium materials that has its own identity and characteristics. With the help of chemical experts and design engineers, we were able to reduce the amount of plasticiser down to 1%, compared to an industry standard of 35-45%.Learn more →
Do you partner with ethical factories that meet international labor standards? What processes have you implemented to make your supply chain more sustainable?
From climate-neutrality to supply chain traceability and sustainability labelling, transparency is a key enabler to making real world progress. By being completely transparent about our methods and progress towards a climate-neutral future, we aim to set a standard that others who want to make similar claims must follow. The Polestar 2 Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) reveals the car’s lifetime carbon footprint, covering emissions from materials production, manufacturing and logistics, use phase, and end of life. The report also includes the methodology we used. We’re fully transparent about all greenhouse gas emissions from cradle to grave, so you can make an informed choice. Using blockchain software supplied by our partners, Circulor, we can accurately track cobalt throughout our entire supply chain. This means its source, and the methods by which it’s extracted, processed and transported, can be regulated. You can find product sustainability declarations on our website and in Polestar spaces. They currently disclose our cars’ cradle-to-gate carbon footprint and traced risk materials. The next step is to develop these declarations by including more sustainability metrics like recycled content.Learn more →
How does your company give back to the community (e.g. financial donations, volunteering, partnerships etc.)?
Polestar 0 project We’ve set ourselves a moonshot goal: to create a truly climate-neutral car by 2030. We aim to eliminate all emissions from our supply chain, manufacturing processes, and end of life, without relying on offsetting methods like tree-planting. The Polestar 0 project is how we reach that goal. It is characterised by innovative and circular design, including batteries with circular life cycles, recycled materials and renewable energy throughout the supply chain. That is why we're looking for partners in the Polestar 0 project. Specifically, those exploring new technologies and solutions in order to create man-made materials without emissions, in the fields of mineral and metals, bio-based chemicals and plastics, and other base materials. At this stage we’re collaborating with partner companies on research into key areas like steel, aluminium, electronics, safety and electric drive. Future project phases will focus on advanced engineering, followed by product development If you believe you can help, then we want to hear from you.Learn more →
How has your company made a commitment to achieve and maintain inclusion & diversity (e.g. Gender / Race / Ethnicity / National Origin / Sexual Orientation / Religion / Disability / Age)?
A sustainable future for our planet and everyone on it. We’re standing up for human rights, championing diversity, and insisting on inclusion. The concept of “leave no one behind” from Agenda 2030 is a key driver of human rights, diversity and equality. We fully embrace inclusion by standing up for the rights of vulnerable people in our supply chain, employees in our workplace, and customers who drive our cars. Polestar seeks to champion equality regardless of gender, age, beliefs, or background. We’ve appointed an Inclusion Lead to promote inclusion in all parts of our business. Our People policy puts inclusion at the heart of our strategy and work, to make sure that everything we do has a positive impact.Learn more →
How does your circular model or circular initiative work?
From design and materials to sourcing and assembly, use and reuse. We’re on our way to making our cars as circular as possible. These five principles inform our car design process: 1. Longevity - We inspect, refurbish, and repair pre-owned Polestar cars, and give them a second life. The renewal process increases their economic accessibility and keeps high quality cars on the roads for longer. 2. Repairability - We’re looking into decreasing repair time and cost by designing easily accessible, adjustable, and detachable parts. 3. Remanufacturing - New cars that end up at dismantling sites due to accidents or other faults aren’t scrapped for recycling. The parts that pass quality assessment are sent for remanufacturing or to workshops as second hand parts. 4. Repurposing - The easier batteries are to disassemble, repair, and remanufacture, the longer their useful life. We’re working with Volvo at regional battery centres to repair or remanufacture batteries, which can then be reused. 5. Recycling - We can’t do it all on our own. We’re steadily building a network of partnerships for closed loop remanufacturing, repair and recycling.Learn more →