Isuzu has announced that it will completely clean up its act, eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from both its products and operations by the year 2050.
While the carmaker stops short of saying it will discontinue diesel offerings, unless by some miracle it can find a way to utilize diesel without affecting the environment, this may mean the end is nigh for the company’s conventionally powered lineup.
The move comes as part of the Isuzu Group’s new Environmental Vision 2050 initiative, which is basically a company-wide effort to realign its business to minimize impact on the environment and “support the creation of a decarbonized society.”
“In the process of implementing new environmental initiatives, we decided that the sustainable growth of the Isuzu Group requires a longer-term approach to global environmental conservation,” the company said, referring to its 2018 Global Environmental Charter.
“Isuzu Environmental Vision 2050 is rooted in this understanding and summarizes our conservation goals and the various actions we will take to achieve them.”
Other targets under Isuzu’s Environmental Vision 2050 include the 100% recycling of waste and end-of-use vehicles by 2050, to conserve native biodiversity surrounding the automaker’s operations, and to minimize environmental risk through changes to its operations and products. You can check out the entire initiative here.
Late last year, reports surfaced that Mitsubishi plans to quit the diesel game for good and would begin phasing oil-burner powertrains out over the next few years. In January 2020, Toyota proudly reported that its European operations in 2019 ran solely on renewable electricity—part of the auto giant’s Environmental Challenge 2050 initiative.
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