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Mitsubishi Fuso Announces its Ambitions for CO2-neutrality Across its Value Chain

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has announced its ambition towards CO2-neutrality in production sites by 2039.

Tramagal Plant in Portugal will Become CO2-neutral by 2022

As an integral part of Daimler Truck AG, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has announced that MFTBC will be following the Daimler Trucks & Buses ambition towards CO2-neutrality in production sites by aiming to shift all plants to CO2-neutrality by 2039.

Operations at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck Europe S.A.(MFTE), MFTBC’s wholly-owned subsidiary in Portugal, will become CO2-neutral already within 2022. Other plants in Japan will follow to achieve CO2-neutrality by 2039 at the latest. MFTBC’s Kawasaki and Nakatsu Plants have reduced CO2 emissions by 17 per cent since 2015.

MFTBC follows the Daimler Trucks & Buses target to offer only new vehicles that are CO2-neutral in driving operations (“tank-to-wheel”) in Europe, Japan and North America by 2039. Daimler Truck AG aims to accomplish this goal by electrifying its vehicles and is following a dual-track strategy to this end. As early as 2022, Daimler Trucks & Buses wants its vehicle portfolio to include series-produced vehicles with battery-powered drive systems in the main sales regions of Europe, the United States and Japan. Beginning in 2027, the company wants to supplement its vehicle portfolio by adding series-produced hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. The ultimate goal is to achieve CO2-neutral transport on the road by 2050.

In addition to these targets for its products, Daimler Truck AG is also committed to sustainability in other aspects of the value chain, including the production process. All European Daimler Trucks & Buses plants will have a CO2-neutral energy supply by 2022.

MFTE’s Tramagal plant in Portugal is setting the course for sustainable truck production by achieving carbon neutrality by the end of 2022. The Tramagal plant is currently the centre of production for the Fuso light-duty Canter and all-electric eCanter trucks in Europe.

Initiatives at the Tramagal plant include: 

  • Contracting green electricity, increasing on-site solar power production and switching to self-consumption
  • The entire internal logistics and warehouse fleet is being converted to electric vehicles
  • The plant will also be exploring the possibilities of green hydrogen production with the support of solar panels, to gradually replace natural gas consumption

In recent years, the Tramagal plant was able to progressively reduce CO2 emissions and is expecting a further 50 per cent cut in 2021 compared to the previous year before achieving CO2-neutral production in 2022. 

Three other MFTBC plants located in Japan – Kawasaki, Toyama and Nakatsu – will follow Tramagal and aim to become CO2-neutral by 2039 at the latest. 

At the Kawasaki Plant, where MFTBC’s headquarters are also located, and the Nakatsu Plant, where transmissions are manufactured, MFTBC implemented a 5-year plan to decrease CO2 emissions by 17 per cent compared to 2015 levels. Building on this track record, MFTBC has created a new roadmap to decarbonise the Kawasaki Plant by 2039. Other facilities crucial to the MFTBC production network, including the bus manufacturing plant in Toyama, as well as the Nakatsu Plant, will also be in scope under the 2039 target.

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