Relations of the automotive sector to biodiversity are multifaceted and expand along the value creation chain. Along the path of raw material extraction over production and use to waste management of automobiles there are a range of ecological impacts of high relevance to biodiversity conservation. Especially the exploitation of raw materials is often related to serious direct intrusions into ecosystems and habitats.
Additionally, the demand of rare earths will rise by the ongoing spreading of electro mobility. A lot of the mining sites are located in countries of particular species richness and fragile ecosystems.
Use of automobiles adds by polluting emissions, while the necessary infrastructure itself already accounts for the fragmentation of ecosystems and habitats