Average classic car’s annual emissions equivalent to drinking three lattes a day, new report from loop reveals

A new report quantifying the carbon footprint of all classic cars registered in the UK has revealed that an average classic car’s annual emissions are comparable to a single roundtrip flight from London to New York, a typical three-day Christmas for one person or equivalent to drinking three lattes a day.

The report, by automotive PR and communications agency, loop, also shows that the total CO2 emissions for all classic cars in the UK represents just 0.22% of the emissions from the entire UK transport sector.

Drawing on years of data from official sources such as the DVLA and Department for Transport, the detailed report also offers insights on the make-up of the country’s classic car sector, how fuel efficiency and car use have changed over time, and the part global events have played in shaping the motoring landscape.

Quantifying classic car emissions

Alex Kefford, loop’s Technical Writer and author of the report, said: “Assigning a figure to the carbon footprint of the UK’s classic cars has long been a challenge. By taking a data-first approach that included developing our own software, delving into decades of dusty archives, and crunching our way through millions of datapoints, we’ve been able to shed some light on this particularly tricky topic.”

Along the way we’ve discovered that the humble MGB is the most popular classic with Brits, that there are more classic Ford Escorts and Volkswagen Golfs declared as SORN as there are registered on our roads, and that average passenger car fuel economy has doubled since 1956.”

Based at Bicester Heritage, the heart of the UK’s classic automotive scene, loop delivers a full service for clients stretching throughout the automotive, engineering and technology sectors. With a unique understanding of the classic car market and unparalleled connections within the automotive industry, loop produces award-winning work for clients across Europe and internationally, from compelling story-telling to complex whitepapers, launch events to press office support.

The full report is available to download here

The report uses FIVA’s definition of a classic to mean any car first manufactured more than 30 years ago. As a result, there are 874,083 classic cars registered in the UK, 461,515 of which are currently declared as SORN.

This report focuses on the carbon footprint of classic cars alone. Follow-up reports are planned to cover historic motorcycles, LGVs and trucks.

About loop
loop is a specialist automotive PR and communications agency producing award-winning work for clients across Europe and internationally. From our base at Bicester Heritage, the heart of the UK’s classic automotive scene, we deliver a full service covering everything from simple stories to key projects, for clients stretching right across the automotive, engineering and technology sectors. 

For more information, to find out how loop could help you achieve your communications objectives, or to start your next campaign, visit: www.loopagency.co.uk

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