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Part Three: What are vehicle manufacturers doing now to reduce their carbon footprint?

Follow this series to stay up to date with what vehicle manufacturers are doing to reduce their carbon footprint and what deadlines they have set themselves to deliver.

Here is Part Three in a series summarising some of the goals we’ve found, and target dates set.


In the face of the transformation in energy structure, GWM launched a hydrogen energy strategy that focuses on the ‘green+intelligent’ mobility idea and takes "building a sustainable and beautiful society characterised by hydrogen energy" as its ultimate goal.


In the ceremony, Mu Feng, Vice President of GWM, said: "If one million vehicles running on the roads of China are powered by hydrogen fuel cells, the carbon emission in one year would be reduced by 510 million tons. This would be especially helpful for realizing the carbon neutrality goal.”

Thanks to the hydrogen energy strategy, GWM will attach equal importance to both commercial vehicles and passenger cars to promote technological and industrial development through scene exploration and accelerate product realisation.

"This year, GWM will launch the world's first SUV with Class C hydrogen fuel cell and take the lead in implementing the application project of one hundred 49-ton hydrogen energy heavy trucks in the world; 2022 will see the first service fleet of high-end passenger cars on the arena of the Olympic Winter Games; in 2023, we will become a leader domestically in terms of the number of core power components promoted; we will ride into top three in global hydrogen market share by 2025." Zhang Tianyu, Chairman of GWM FTXT, said.

Guan Qingyou, President and Chief Economist of Rushi Advanced Institute of Finance said “At present, "decarbonisation" has become a global topic. In the first year of the 14th Five-Year Plan in China, hydrogen energy has been included in strategic emerging industries and stood at the cusp of the industry.

“Relying on the forward-looking international integrated supply chain ecology and the Hydrogen-L.E.M.O.N. Technology for full-scene applications, GWM leads the new energy revolution to help human beings coexist harmoniously with natural ecology and make a good start for the arrival of China's hydrogen era.”


In order for society to be prosperous and sustainable by 2050, and for Isuzu to continue to support transportation, in March 2020 the Isuzu Group published their Isuzu Environmental Vision 2050.


To help ensure a prosperous and sustainable society, each and every member of the Isuzu Group is committed to undergoing the challenge of achieving our Isuzu Environmental Vision 2050 together with their customers and partners.

By 2050, they will aim for zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG)* across the entire life-cycle of Isuzu Group products. Being both economical and user-friendly are required of commercial vehicles, which are productive assets.

Looking at power sources, Isuzu believe that diesel internal combustion engines, including biofuel and hybrid configurations, will remain a promising source into the future. However, there is also potential for use of natural gas or electricity depending on the market and particular application, so they are committed to developing technologies that deliver a good balance of vehicle types that run on a wide variety of energies.

Isuzu considers its mission to be co-existence and harmony with the global environment, as well as preparation for fuel security and sustainable energy supply and demand. Isuzu develop technologies in the belief that transporting goods and people with low CO2 emissions is important for commercial vehicles.

Mitsubishi Motors

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Mitsubishi Motors believes that to realize a sustainable society, they must strike a balance between preservation of the global environment and the progress of humankind. Based on this understanding, Mitsubishi have formulated the New Environmental Plan Package, which defines the directions and targets of their environmental directives. On this basis, they will endeavour to preserve the global environment by leveraging their strengths in such areas as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and other electric vehicle technologies.

The New Environmental Plan Package has three components: The Environmental Policy, The Environmental Vision 2050 and The Environmental Targets 2030.

In December 2015, the Paris Agreement was adopted at COP21. Members of this accord agreed to curtail the rise in average global temperatures to 2°C above levels before the Industrial Revolution and to work to keep the rise to 1.5°C. Given such social demands, Mitsubishi Motors believes it can contribute toward the realization of a sustainable society, achieving a balance between the progress of humankind and the global environment, through the proliferation of electric vehicles and the promotion of their use in society.

Action to Climate Change, through electric vehicles and the increased use of renewable energy, Mitsubishi Motors will contribute to net-zero CO2 emissions and the realization of a society that is resilient to climate change. The 2030 target to reduce CO2 emissions from new vehicles by 40% compared to fiscal 2010, through the promotion of electric vehicles, centering on Plug-in Hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) (with 50 per cent being electric vehicles) and improved fuel efficiency of ICE vehicles.

Resource Circulation, Mitsubishi will contribute to a resource-recycling-oriented society by minimizing input resources and maximizing resource efficiency.

Pollution Prevention, Mitsubishi will contribute toward a society free of environmental pollution affecting human health and the ecosystem by reducing the environmental impact of our products and the pollution resulting from our business activities.

Renault Group


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Today, the magnitude of the climate challenge and the urgent need for collective action are no longer subject to debate. RenaultGroup is making concrete and wide-ranging contributions to carbon emissions reduction, with the aim to achieve carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040 and worldwide by 2050.

Renault Group was the first full-line carmaker to embrace the all-electric car. Eight years after the launch of the first ZOE, with more than 390,000 electric vehicles on the road, they are making a significant contribution to reducing emissions of vehicles in use. Off the road, they have developed a pathway to decarbonize their operations: upstream, by reducing the carbon footprint of their production facilities and suppliers, and downstream, by the remanufacturing, disassembly and recycling of end-of-life vehicles and their batteries on an industrial scale.

For this, they have begun the transformation of the Group’s Flins factory, which will become Europe’s leading circular economy site dedicated to mobility. The Renaulution strategic plan will move Renault Group from a volume to a value approach and from the mindset of car manufacturer to that of mobility operator. Renault are scaling up the electrification of the product plan for their various brands.

As of 2025, every new model launched under the Renault brand will be electric or electrified. At the same time, they are accelerating the delivery of new mobility, energy and data services through their recently created Mobilize brand.

At the company’s highest level, they are taking action and making decisions for the climate. Renault have created an Ethics and CSR Committee within their Board of Directors to reinforce their climate governance. What’s more, they are playing in a team.

Renault boldly state that they know that the fight for the climate can only be won by combining their expertise, actions and talents. They also state that they will also scout out expertise and boost their know-how through joint ventures, so that they can progress faster and with the best in the areas of hydrogen technology, end-of-life battery recycling and decarbonized supply chains.

Renault are also collaborating with Movin’On Lab, a coalition of more than 300 companies deeply engaged in mobility.

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