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On track to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040

Toyota Motor Europe is committed to achieve full carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040 at the latest
At Toyota Motor Europe’s annual Kenshiki event, a team of the company’s Global and European executives shared the company’s latest developments, outlined its vision and technology strategy, and revealed its latest products and services.

Full carbon neutrality by 2040

The over-riding message was that Toyota Motor Europe is fully committed and is on track to achieve full carbon neutrality in Europe by 2040, if not earlier. This builds on its 2021 undertaking to achieve 100% CO2 reduction in all new vehicles in the EU, UK and EFTA by 2035. Matt Harrison, President & CEO of Toyota Motor Europe spoke about two key focus areas: “The first is carbon neutrality and how we plan to achieve it in areas of our business. The second, as we transition from a manufacturing and sales company to a provider of mobility services, is the future of mobility.”  

The science behind Toyota’s technologies

Dr Gill Pratt, Chief Scientist of TMC and CEO of Toyota Research Institute provided practical insights into the hard science behind Toyota’s global approach to decarbonisation. It utilises multiple electrified technologies to maximise carbon reduction by optimising the use of scarce resources. He recognises the complementary benefits of both battery powered vehicles and those which run on hydrogen for zero emission mobility. “We must replace as many non-electrified vehicles as possible with electrified ones, guided by the simple principle that carbon is the enemy, not a particular powertrain.” 

The power of And

Toyota’s global strategy relates closely to meeting the diverse needs of its European customers with a multi-technology line-up. It includes battery electric and fuel-cell and hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, as further explained by Kylie Jimenez, SVP – People, Technology & Corporate Affairs, Toyota Motor Europe. “We call this the ‘power of And’ because rarely does one size fit all, especially when you consider the diversity of customer needs and infrastructure readiness.”

Carbon neutral manufacturing by 2030

Marvin Cooke, EVP Manufacturing of TME, outlined the objective to make all its European manufacturing facilities carbon neutral by 2030. It includes minimising energy consumption wherever possible, switching to green energy, and implementing kaizen innovations to reduce CO2 or eliminate it entirely. “At our engine plant in Deeside, UK we have installed solar panels equivalent to 10 football pitches to supply zero emission electricity, and we are collaborating with a local company to process more than 90% of our waste to generate biogas which will be used to produce green electricity and biomethane.” 

Woven Planet: Mobility to Love, Safety to Live

Dr James Kuffner CEO of Woven Planet Holdings & Chief Digital Officer of TMC explained its unique role in Toyota’s transition to a mobility company. Woven Planet’s mission statement is ‘Mobility to love, safety to live’. “We are creating new software platforms and tools, processes and a culture shift to software-defined development for Toyota. This will improve productivity by delivering software that allows for scalability and the reuse of code across hundreds of Toyota and Lexus models.”

A series of Kenshiki product and technology deep dives followed the main meeting: