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Climate Change

Japan aims to bring total lifetime auto emissions down to zero

2050 greenhouse goals need clean energy for auto production and EV power supply

Tokyo will look to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions by autos from the production stage to when they are actually driven. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

TOKYO -- The government of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is launching another initiative in his quest for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050: manufacturing and running cars on renewables only.

Automobiles account for nearly 20% of carbon dioxide emissions in Japan. Yet reducing the industry's carbon footprint hinges not just on emissions from vehicles, but also the greenhouse gases produced during the entire life cycle of a car.

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