Electric Everything: Yamaha Shaves Down Net-Zero Goals by Fifteen Years

2050’s Carbon Neutrality Now Has a 2035 End-Date

Yamaha's new R7. Photo courtesy of Yamaha Finance.
Yamaha's new R7. Photo courtesy of Yamaha Finance.

We’ve just had a report that Yamaha is upping their date to carbon neutrality for their factories – and to say they’re cinching is the hard understatement of the year. 

A year ago, the world’s second-largest motorcycle manufacturer had premiered plans for their production plants to go net-zero by 2050 (via MCN); now, Yamaha Motor’s Iwata-based global HQ says that the date is moved up to 2035, matching up perfectly with Europe’s attempts toward 78% emissions cut by the same year. 

A Yamaha base. Photo courtesy of Yamaha PRWeb.
A Yamaha base. Photo courtesy of Yamaha PRWeb.

The reason? There’s a list: 

  • Minimising energy use by better targeting requirements
  • Meticulous equipment auto-shutdowns when not required
  • Introducing minimised but highly productive equipment
  • Switching to hydro-electric power wherever possible
  • Installing more solar panels and targeting the use of carbon-free electricity globally by 2030
The Yamaha Niken. Photo courtesy of CycleWorld.
The Yamaha Niken. Photo courtesy of CycleWorld.

“The projected result of these moves by 2035 is a 92% reduction in CO2 emissions (compared to 2010) from production operations at domestic and international Yamaha Motor factories,” the report said in an article by MCN.

“Furthermore, remaining CO2 emissions will be offset by internationally recognised methods to carry out the Company’s plan to achieve carbon neutrality at all its factories.”

The Yamaha MT 10SP. Photo courtesy of Yamaha.
The Yamaha MT 10SP. Photo courtesy of Yamaha.

We may not be sure what the short-term looks liek for Yammie, but one thing’s for sure: the Electric Era is approaching – fasten your seatbelts!

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*Media sourced from Yamaha PRWeb, Yamaha, Yamaha Finance, and CycleWorld*