Toyota wants to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035: Report

Updated Jun 15, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The carmaker is moving its timetable forward by 15 years.  

As the world’s biggest automaker, Toyota inevitably has had to deal with significant amounts of carbon emissions from its facilities, if not from its cars. That’s something that the company wants to change in the next decade and a half.

Toyota assembly worker

Toyota is gunning for worldwide carbon-neutral operations 15 years ahead of schedule 

Reuters reports that the company aims to make its assembly plants worldwide carbon neutral by 2035, 15 years earlier from the original 2050 target. Toyota chief production officer Masamichi Okada pledged this goal in an online presentation, coinciding with a meeting of the G7 leaders in Britain to discuss climate change.   

“We are striving to achieve green factories. Carbon neutrality provides us with an opportunity to fundamentally rethink manufacturing,” he said.

Toyota Takaoka facility

Future Toyota vehicles could use adhesive film instead of regular automotive paint 

Toyota will introduce new technologies to certain aspects of the manufacturing process such as painting, one of the steps in vehicle production that uses the most electricity. The traditional paint job on the carmaker’s models could eventually be replaced with adhesive film.

“In this way, the processes that have high generation of CO2 will be focused on to reduce as much as possible, or even eliminate CO2 emissions,” Okada noted, adding that the company is also considering onsite and offsite power sources that use renewable energy.

Toyota bZ4X Concept

The bZ4X Concept kicks off Toyota's slate of 15 battery-electric vehicles expected by 2025

He says another option would be to work with multiple model types for electric vehicles (EVs) and assemble them simultaneously. While Toyota has said that EVs will play a bigger role in reducing emissions, better results can be achieved when combined with hybrid and hydrogen-powered units.    

Toyota’s commitment to carbon neutrality echoes the theme for the upcoming 2023 Tokyo Motor Show, organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) currently headed by Toyota president Akio Toyoda. The Japanese government has already pledged the country’s carbon neutral status by 2050, and is promoting the expansion of its charging network for both EVs and fuel cell EVs towards this goal.

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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