Mazda factories to be carbon-neutral by 2035

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Mazda has announced recently that the firm plans to make all its factories globally carbon-neutral by 2035, and ultimately, its entire supply chain carbon neutral by 2050.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • In addition to making its factories carbon-neutral by 2035, what other goal does Mazda have in terms of carbon neutrality?

    The Japanese carmaker said that on top of making its factories worldwide carbon neutral by 2035, it aims to make its entire supply chain carbon-neutral by 2050.
  • What are the three focus areas outlined in Mazda's carbon-neutral plan for its factories?

    Mazda's three focus areas to make its factories carbnon-neutral include energy conservation, the shift to renewable energies, and the introduction of carbon-neutral fuels for in-house transportation.
  • “Mazda sees it as the core responsibility of all automotive manufacturers to do their part in curbing global warming by reducing CO2 emissions in every step of vehicle production, including manufacturing, transport, vehicle usage, and recycling,” the firm said in a recent press release.

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    The Japanese carmaker is focusing on three areas to achieve its goal, the first of which is energy conservation. This area deals with energy conservation efforts during the vehicle manufacturing processes, which emit large amounts of CO2. These include reduction of thermal energy through the development of low-temperature curing paints and improvement of energy conversion efficiency by optimizing processing technology.

    The second area is the shift to renewable energies. According to Mazda, the company will participate proactively in the efforts of the Carbon Neutral Electricity Promotion Subcommittee in the Chugoku region in Japan, which aims to expand the supply and demand of carbon-neutral electricity throughout the region. In addition, Mazda is also considering various forms of decarbonization, such as low/carbon-free power generation in its plants and procurement of electricity from renewable energy suppliers.

    Lastly, Mazda’s said that its third area of focus is the introduction of carbon-neutral fuels for in-house transportation. The automotive brand said that it is working with the Hiroshima Council for Automotive Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration which is promoting the practical use of next-generation biofuels.

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    Furthermore, Mazda will capitalize on the initiatives being conducted in Japan and use them as a basis to implement the optimal approach for each facility outside the country.

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