Is driving your classic car killing the planet?

Quite simply - no. But that may not be the widespread perception and it's down to the HCVA to ensure that the right message gets across to policy makers and the general public too. Learn more about the sector's environmental credentials and how it will achieve a net zero emissions target well before 2050.

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The Facts

  • Classic and historic vehicles are already much closer to net zero than you might have thought

  • Our industry is the epitome of sustainability through extensive reuse and recycling

  • Typical classic car use emits substantially less CO2 annually than your mobile phone and computer

  • We’re pushing hard for net zero well ahead of legislative targets for the automotive sector

  • We’re promoting sector emission reductions including carbon neutral fuels and offsetting

  • We’ve launched a ‘simple to use’ carbon offsetting scheme for the classic sector alongside NET-HERO

  • We're already on the road to net zero

    Our sector will more than meet the climate challenge facing the planet and in doing so can preserve a unique, heritage asset, together with jobs and skills that would otherwise be lost.

    We can do this because we already have a great running start through our ‘recycle and reuse’ business model, with very low comparative green house gas emissions throughout our entire manufacturing process and during the lifecycle of our products and services. 

    We have committed to close any remaining green house gas emissions gap with a science-based roadmap to achieve a net zero (or better) emissions target for our sector well before 2050.

  • Our mission

    We need to correct the myths and misconceptions around classic vehicles and build upon already active nationwide media campaigns.

    We will set out our plans to achieve net zero or better for our sector and will produce an accurate cradle-to-grave carbon cost comparison with new versus old.

    By demonstrating our already significant progress toward carbon neutrality we will help protect and preserve this important part of our heritage.

    We are acting as a unified voice for industry and owners to protect the future of our past.

  • A full agenda

    We have pioneered a working group with senior DVLA officials to recognise and resolve the current delays and frustrations.

    We’re working to simplify the movement of vehicles and parts in and out of Europe.

    We are engaging with younger audiences and promoting the skills and career opportunities across the entire sector.

    We are developing an industry-wide common standard and code of conduct to enhance customer confidence.

    We are communicating the importance of our heritage, jobs and skills.

Support the future of classic and historic vehicles in the UK

  • Trade & Industry Membership

    Whatever sector of our industry your business supports, and whatever your size, you will face serious ongoing challenges and threats which may lead to business closures and job losses. As the only not-for-profit organisation representing the industry, your support is essential to ensure that we are not the victims of adverse legislation or regulation.

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  • Owners & Enthusiasts Membership

    The freedom to continue to enjoy your classic is under threat. These vehicles are a key part of our heritage and enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds. Your support is essential to ensure we can campaign effectively on your behalf to preserve them for future generations to enjoy.

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  • HCVA Membership Benefits

    We're dedicated to sourcing and offering great offers and opportunities for our members. We'll let you know through membership email and our newsletters as they change and develop. In the meantime here are some exciting offers, business support materials and more.

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"The historic and classic car sector plays an important role not only in preserving heritage, but also delivering skilled jobs. I wish HCVA success as they look to address issues facing the owners, enthusiasts and the industry as we emerge from the impact of the pandemic and seek to re-energise the economy."

Philip Dunne, MP for LUDLOW & Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee