Addressing Climate Change Challenges: Can Electric Vehicles Help?
Earth is heating up, and vehicle emissions are partly to blame. Including electric vehicles in the ecosystem of solutions may help alleviate the climate change crisis.
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The climate crisis is the most urgent problem of our time. Rapidly rising temperatures are increasing drought, wildfires, crop losses, and water shortages. This warming and other intrusive human activity also are degrading ecosystems and decreasing biodiversity—the support system for our lives and livelihoods. These changes affect the long-term sustainability of NI and our customers’ operations, making this a critical business issue. And Indigenous communities, communities of color, and low-income communities are disproportionately affected by these changes, making this a critical social justice issue as well.
The good news is, there is still time for restorative action if we collectively focus our creativity and innovation. The science makes it clear that the world needs to reach net-zero emissions by midcentury to avoid the worst of climate change. As problem-solvers who follow science, we at NI are committed to doing our part by setting a new Corporate Impact goal:
By 2030, we will become a climate-neutral company with an ongoing commitment to protecting biodiversity each year.
This is one of NI’s 15 Corporate Impact goals we are working to achieve by 2030 in the areas of Changing the Faces of Engineering, Building an Equitable and Thriving Society, and Engineering a Healthy Planet. Our 2021 Corporate Impact Report, issued in late June, outlines our progress toward these goals over the last year. Our goals were designed to be iterative, and our new climate neutrality goal is a measurable, targeted update to the commitment we originally set to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and conserve natural resources.
We launched nine new strategic nonprofit partnerships and will use our funding, connections, and volunteerism to advance diversity in STEM education.
We’ve achieved substantial equity of rewards for NI employees in similar roles and levels with comparable performance and impact.
We completed a lifecycle analysis of our products’ environmental impact and identified improving energy efficiency as a priority.