CAKE Is Going to Build the Cleanest Dirt Bike Ever
Author: Lloyd Alter
Embodied Carbon Emissions, or Upfront Carbon Emissions, as we prefer to call them, are greenhouse gases released during the making of a product before it is delivered to a customer. Most manufacturers or customers pay little attention to them; operating emissions were important in a fossil-fuel-powered world. One manufacturer paying a lot of attention is the Swedish electric motorcycle company CAKE. It has joined with European energy company Vattenfall to build what they call the world's cleanest motorcycle by 2025. Vattenfall's head of corporate sustainability, Annika Ramsköld, summarizes the problem of upfront carbon: "Going fossil free isn't just about how things are powered, it's about removing fossil fuels from how things are sourced, made, transpod, and assembled. So while electric vehicles are a great start, we need to go further." "CAKE and Vattenfall's first action was to literally disassemble a Kalk OR, resulting in just north of 100 assembled components lying in front of us. Which in turn, are made up of +2000 smaller parts. Each of these parts have a history and more importantly, an environmental footprint." They followed the transportation of every component because, "just as the coffee you had this morning has traveled long and far to reach your cup, all components that make up a CAKE bike come from somewhere in the world."