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Tesla wants net-zero emissions, but its pollution grew in 2023

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Tesla’s greenhouse gas emissions grew by nearly 10 million metric tons of CO2 last year, according to the company’s latest impact report, which provides the most revealing look yet of how the company is thinking about climate-related risks and its own carbon footprint.

In 2023, Tesla was responsible for more than 50 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions compared to just under 42 million metric tons the year prior, a roughly 20 percent increase in pollution. Most of the additional pollution comes from Tesla’s supply chain. Goods and services it purchased account for nearly 80 percent of the company’s overall carbon footprint.

The report says Tesla is working toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions “as soon as possible” and…

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