Suzuki clearly wants to tackle environmental issues after the Japanese automaker recently announced their new long-term plan called Suzuki Environmental Vision 2050, presenting the ideal appearance of the company in 2050. To ensure they hit their target, Suzuki also introduced Milestone 2030 to monitor their progrrss.
Though Suzuki is not the biggest automaker in the world, the automaker has big plans for their 2050 vision to be more environmentally friendly. The unusual part is they're not planning on doing something revolutionary or using new technology like electrification to reach these goals.
What Suzuki is planning instead is following their concept of smaller, fewer, lighter, shorter, and neater; a concept they've been doing since the 90s. They will apply this same concept in tackling global environmental issues including climate change, water shortage, and resource depletion. For example, Suzuki cites that their smaller and lightweight vehicles emit less CO2 and uses fewer resources to build.
Suzuki will be tackling four main areas as part of their 2050 vision – Climate Change, Air Conservation, Water Resource, and Resource Circulation.
Starting with Climate Change, the automaker plans to reduce the CO2 emissions of their new vehicles by a staggering 90% by 2050 compared to FY 2010. By 2030, the automaker hopes to have already reduced emissions by up to 40% as part of their Milestone 2030 target. Suzuki will do so by using the advantage of their smaller vehicles.
Moving to Air Conservation, Suzuki wants to minimize air-polluting substances emitted from business activities and products by 2050. But by 2030, they hope to reduce the use of fossil fuel in business activities and use renewable energy instead. As for Water Conservation, they plan to implement a reduction of water withdrawal and purification of discharged water by 2030 and use sustainable water resources by 2050.
Lastly, for Resource Circulation Suzuki will globally expand its automobile recycling system and promote the recycling and resuing of batteries from EVs. By 2050, they will promote reduction, recycle, and proper treatment of wastes from the manufacturing process itself.