Carens | Results from environmental assessment and 3rd party certification

Kia Motors and Environment

Sustainability and environmental impact are the two factors that are present in the design of every new Kia car. In this regard, Kia assesses quantitatively the impact of each new car on environment throughout its life and strives to develop cars with less impact on environment based on findings from the assessment.

Learn more about how the 3rd generation Carens has reduced its impact on the environment.

Environmental assessment of the 3rd generation Carense

We performed lifecycle assessment to determine how much the 3rd generation Carens has improved its impact on the environment through a comparison with the 2nd generation model.

A 3rd generation Carens with an 1.7 diesel engine and 6 speed manual transmission, as marketed in Europe, was chosen for the test, and a 2nd generation Carens with an 1.6 diesel engine and 6 speed manual transmission was chosen for comparison. For an accurate comparison, it was assumed that the car would be disposed of after 50,000 km of normal traveling after production.

The methodology used for the assessment was based on CML 2001, applicable throughout Europe.

Results from Environmental Assessment | Global Warming (GWP)

Gases like carbon dioxide and methane cause greenhouse effect and accelerate global warming. Compared with the 2nd generation Carens, the 3rd generation Carens reports improved fuel efficiency (by (0.6 l/100km) and reduced CO2 emissions (by 17g/km). This can be translated into a decrease of 10 percent in its impact on global warming over its lifecycle.

This graph shows the impact of the 3rd generation Carens on global warming has decreased around 10 percent compared to its predecessor.

Results from Environmental Assessment | Resource depletion and Others

The 3rd generation Carens has a tendency to have less impact on other areas of environmental pollution besides global warming. Its impact on resource depletion, however, has increased.

Graph 2 that shows a comparison between the 2nd generation Carens and 3rd generation in terms of environmental impact: The impact of POCP, GWP, EP and AP is lower for the 3rd generation Carens, while that of ADP is lower for the 2nd generation.

The impact of the 3rd generation Carens on resource depletion is greater because it uses more non-ferrous metal. This results from the application of more features to the car. Some aspects of the environment have to be compromised when we try to meet diversified customer needs.

This graph shows the impact of the 3rd generation Carens on use of resources, acidification, smog and other enivironmental issues has decreased compared to its predecessors.

Environmental Certification by a Third Party

To verify that the results from the environmental assessment of the 3rd generation Carens are sufficiently objective and reliable based on suitable data, we employed an independent certification body - TUV NORD.

TUV NORD, based in Hannover, Germany, is a highly trusted certification body that provides large scale consulting, inspection and certification services regarding impact on the environment.

TUV NORD certified that the methodology and the process applied to the assessment of the 3rd generation Carens' environmental performance are in compliance with ISO 14040.

TUV NORD 인증서

Environmental Certification by a Third Party

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Lifecycle assessment

Lifecycle assessment is a method of quantitatively measuring resources and energy used in the material gathering, manufacturing, use and disposal of product and the waste from them through the product lifecycle and evaluating the potential impact on the environment (ISO 14040/14044).

  • CML 2001

    This is a lifecycle assessment methodology used to produce data necessary for environmental assessment.

  • Global Warming (GWP)

    Impact on environment :
    Unusual weather events
    Major cause :
    Carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4)
    Generated from :
    Fuel combustion, metal smelting
  • Resource Depletion (ADP)

    Impact on environment :
    Resource depletion
    Major cause :
    Non-ferrous metal including copper
    Generated from :
    Use of resources
  • Acidification (AP)

    Impact on environment :
    Air acidification, acid rain
    Major cause :
    Sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx)
    Generated from :
    Oil refining, metal smelting
  • Eutrophication

    Impact on environment :
    Destruction of hydro-ecosystem including green tide
    Major cause :
    Nitrogen oxidants (NOx), ammonium (NH4), nitrogen (N)
    Generated from :
    Oil refining, fuel combustion
  • Photochemical oxidants (POCP)

    Impact on environment :
    Smog
    Major cause :
    Hydrocarbon (HC), VOC
    Generated from :
    Oil refining, fuel combustion