Japan Aims to Bring Total Lifetime Auto Emissions Down to Zero



Nikkei Asia

TOKYO — The government of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is launching another initiative in his quest for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050: manufacturing and running cars on renewables only.

Automobiles account for nearly 20% of carbon dioxide emissions in Japan. Yet reducing the industry’s carbon footprint hinges not just on emissions from vehicles, but also the greenhouse gases produced during the entire life cycle of a car.

Though electric vehicles emit no carbon themselves, it is estimated that producing them and their batteries generates nearly twice as much carbon dioxide as making gasoline automobiles.

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