Toyota aims to make factories carbon neutral by 2035: report

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Toyota’s production manager, Masamichi Okada, said the automaker will initially focus on introducing new technologies for processes such as painting, coating and molding.


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Toyota will also consider having on-site and off-site power sources it can rely on for renewable energy.

Toyota Motor Corp will aim to make all of its global factories carbon neutral by 2035, a senior executive said on Friday, advancing the target of 15 years from 2050. Toyota production manager Masamichi Okada said that the automaker would initially focus on introducing new technologies for processes such as painting, coating and molding. “In this way, the processes that generate a high production of CO2 will be focused on reducing as much as possible, if not eliminating CO2 emissions,” Okada said at an online press conference.

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“By identifying these areas we will focus our resources and we believe this will help shorten the time frame until we can achieve carbon neutrality,” he said.

The automaker will also consider having on-site and off-site power sources it can rely on for renewable energy, he added.

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Toyota has said in recent years that electric vehicles (EVs) will play a bigger role in reducing emissions, but other solutions should be used

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With increasing pressure on global automakers to cut emissions, German luxury automaker BMW said its factories in China plan to achieve carbon neutrality by the end of this year, while Ford also aims to power all of its factories with locally sourced renewable energy by 2035.

Toyota has said in recent years that electric vehicles (EVs) will play a bigger role in reducing emissions, but other solutions should be used, such as its successful hybrid or hydrogen vehicles.

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To achieve carbon neutrality, Toyota is targeting a variety of options, Okada said, adding that the automaker wanted to work with multiple types of electric vehicle models and assemble them simultaneously.

“We will use our experience and knowledge that we have gained over the years,” he said.

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