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Toyota defends skipping COP26 emissions pledge

By Etienne BALMER

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Toyota has to think about a lot of markets other manufacturers don't. I'd like to see the others trying to achieve zero emissions in the Australian outback ("the bush") for example - where the Land Cruiser is the king.

Charging EVs from coal powered plants is not achieving zero emissions. Scrapping perfectly functional gasoline or diesel cars in order to replace them with electric ones is incredibly damaging for the environment. One third of an EV - the battery - is a massive consumable with no clear recycling plan. Why don't we explain the benefits of EVs to the children working in the Cadmium mines in Congo first?

All these facts are conveniently hidden in sand by Tesla fanboys (aka shareholders)..

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Toyota should stop wasting time complaining and lobbying the US government to ease the restrictions. Concentrate on producing more electric vehicles. Toyota is already at least two years behind Eoropean, American, Korean and Chinese manufacturers. Otherwise it'll be sayonara to Japan's last remaining dominant industry.

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So much for all the SDG and CSR talk, in the end it's always just a bunch of sweet nothings. Just take off those SDG lapel buttons already, no need to force yourself to wear them.

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Toyota just wants to keep things the way they are with no changes because changing would be... difficult.

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Thank you Yoshida-san, for mentioning what has thus far remained unsaid.

The developing world - and that's most of it - will not be switching to BEVs in 2035. Or 2055 for that matter.

Of the four that have made the commitment (Ford, GM, Daimler-Benz and Volvo), on the latter Geely owned brand stands a chance of abiding by their word.

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Toyota is not as foolish and shortsighted as some here would have you believe.

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Hmm what could possibly be more important than the existential crisis of humanity?

My guess is that they're prioritising profit to please shareholders and avoiding the need to change what they already have in terms of supply chains and logistics. I'm sure it's a bit of a nightmare to make the transition but it's a necessary change.

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Toyota are already investing huge amounts of time, energy and capital into realizing such a future. Perhaps if they are honest they (and some of the others) find the COP26 an easy but unrealistic pledge to make.(?)

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I drive a car from 2003, actually a Toyota hybrid. I don't like spending money on cars and hope to drive it for another three or four years at least. I mention it because we must assume any new car sold today in 2021 will likely still be on the road in 2035 or 2040, when various environmental targets and goals are supposed to be hit.

Add in the houses standing and still being built in 2021 and I become very pessimistic that any major goal will be hit. That is on top of the already flimsy premise of net zero, that continuing fossil fuel use can be cancelled out by other things. This doesn't mean we should give up, any mitigation of extreme climate events will be worthwhile, only that we should not be reassured at what sound like empty promises and goals for politicians and other leaders.

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How lazy of them.

Would never buy anything from this company anyway.

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Toyota's zero emissions vehicle division ?

What a bunch of lies !

Carbon neutrality ?

More lies !

They will continue making emissions to produce vehicles that emit emission so they can help the undeveloped counties.

What a crock of manure !

The world doesn't need more cars anyway .

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The fate of being like Kodak is guaranteed for Toyota.

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I have to agree with Toyota. The pledge for "100% zero emission new car and van sales in leading markets by 2035" seems like a typical political notion. But what are the effects say of replacing all current internal combustion vehicles with battery cars versus simply reducing the total number of internal combustion vehicles and having no battery powered cars? E.g. 10 electric vehicles versus 1 internal combustion vehicle. The answer is not so straightforward.

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Good watch, will open a lot of eyes. Elon Musk with his quarter trillion wealth conveniently ignores the reality that his vehicles aren't actually solving much:


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The fate of being like Kodak is guaranteed for Toyota.

I am very disappointed by this decision of Toyota. I think we are at a point now, where, you must embrace inevitable and necessary change, or just dwindle into significance (jpining the rest of Japans dinosaurs). Possibly the real reason for this decision could be that Toyota does not want to share technology.

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It’s not legally binding, so forget it.

Why should they be any different than VW ?

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