Yamaha Motors Announces It Will Be Carbon Neutral By 2050

Yamaha Motors Announces It Will Be Carbon Neutral By 2050

Yamaha Motor Company announced on July 19, 2021 that it plans to achieve complete carbon neutrality by the year 2050. Emissions released directly by Yamaha's business activities as well as emissions associated with further downstream activities in the Yamaha value chain are included. 

What does that mean? In Yamaha's Integrated Report 2021, we find that that second part refers to the "emissions produced by products we sell." In other words, combustion motorcycle, boat, and other engines, which constitute a big chunk of Yamaha Motor Company's business.


Those emissions are the largest source of Yamaha-related emissions, since those along the production line are relatively small. Yamaha has already outlined its current strategy to reach this goal by continuing to develop battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), such as electric motorcycles, scooters, and e-bikes.  

In addition to its use in the Niken and Tricity 300, Yamaha plans to incorporate its Leaning Multi-Wheel technology into more vehicles. It is certain that some of them will be electric, but no specifics have been provided yet. As e-bike demand grows around the globe, Yamaha has been developing its own version of e-bikes since the 1980s.  

Yamaha envisions a future where about 90 percent of its motorcycles and scooters will be electric. Part of this strategy involves developing electric motorbikes, of course. Carbon-neutral fuels comprise just a tiny part of the equation, serving as a sort of buffer between combustion and electricity. During the next 29 years, combustion bikes will be phased out for the most part.  

Will motorcycles go away, in Yamaha’s view? Not hardly. Here is what Iwata had to say under the heading "Pursuit of Sustainable Growth": 

Due to the flexibility they offer and the greatly reduced environmental impact they have thanks to their compact size, motorcycles and three-wheeled vehicles are ideal mobility alternatives.

As a result of transforming motorcycles and three-wheeled vehicles into carbon-neutral forms of mobility through electrification and other methods, I believe they will be extremely welcomed by eco-conscious consumers who value logical solutions, particularly among younger generations worldwide, he said.


ART for Human Possibilities is Yamaha Motor's long-term vision of carbon-neutral transportation going beyond these vehicles. "Advancing Robotics, Rethinking Solutions, Transforming Mobility" is the name of the project in this context.  

Yamaha did not provide hard numbers regarding its combustion/electric motorbike development plans, however, a graphic in the report gives some insight into what the company has planned intends. After 2030, the company expects to be able to produce a much greater percentage of electric motorbikes. Additionally, around then the production of combustion bikes will begin to drop significantly.  

About 2035, carbon-neutral fuel bikes may also be a possibility, as electric bikes become the norm. By 2030, Yamaha expects that about 2.6 percent of its bikes will be battery electric. By 2035, this number will increase to 20 percent, and by 2050, 90 percent. 

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