Subaru Targets 3 Pct Cut in CO2 Emissions by FY 2020

Economy

Tokyo, May 29 (Jiji Press)--Japanese automaker Subaru Corp. <7270> said Wednesday it will cut direct carbon dioxide emissions from its group's offices and factories by about 20,000 tons, or 3 pct, by fiscal 2020, which ends in March 2021, from the level in fiscal 2016.

The company aims to achieve the target mainly by installing solar power systems at its facilities in the town of Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture, and letting its flagship plant in the city of Ota in the same eastern Japan prefecture switch to electricity generated by renewable energy.

The move means that Subaru will launch earlier its environmental program, which calls for reducing its group's direct CO2 emissions by 30 pct by fiscal 2030 from fiscal 2016. The initiative was originally slated to begin in fiscal 2021.

Until now, the company has introduced solar power systems at some plants in Gunma and renewable energy-based electricity at its aircraft plant in Utsunomiya, the capital of Tochigi Prefecture, next to Gunma.

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