Toyota has lost its rating due to climate lobbying

20.05.2024/00/12 XNUMX:XNUMX    247
The Japanese brand Toyota received a low rating for insufficient support of environmental initiatives around the world.

Japanese automakers are among the most vocal opponents of governments' climate policies, and Toyota has once again been named the car company that is fighting the hardest against laws that impose limits on greenhouse gas emissions and mandate electric cars. 

The brands with the lowest scores in the new InfluenceMaps climate policy study are Suzuki, Mazda and Toyota, which have reportedly advocated for weaker climate policies in Australia, India and the US, and promoted weaker climate regulations that are inconsistent with science-based norms. 

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Toyota Land Cruiser 70 2024

Toyota openly opposes policies that support all-electric vehicles as the only path to a healthy environment, arguing that selling affordable battery materials makes hybrids the better choice. As a result, the automaker has sponsored politicians who have been skeptical of climate change in the past, angering some investors. 

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"While sales of electric vehicles continue to grow worldwide, the backlash from lagging automakers, particularly in Japan, to protect their investments in polluting internal combustion engine technology remains one of the biggest obstacles to science-based climate policy," said Ben Ure. ev, director of InfluenceMap. 

The Japanese automaker received a D grade on climate policy engagement, but it's not alone. InfluenceMap found that many automakers are washing their image by lobbying through industry groups such as the Alliance for Automotive Innovation in the US and the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industry in Australia, which have succeeded in weakening recently announced climate policies in their respective countries. 

As a result, no automaker received more than a B on InfluenceMap, and excluding Tesla, no brand scored better than a C. Meanwhile, according to the think tank, only three of the 15 companies analyzed are on track to produce enough green vehicles , to avoid climate disaster: Tesla, Mercedes and BMW. 

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According to InfluenceMap data, to meet the International Energy Agency's updated 1,5 degrees Celsius course and avoid the worst damage from climate change, 2030 percent of vehicles will need to be fully electric, run on hydrogen fuel cells or be hybrids by 66. Based on current production trends, by that date only 53 percent of cars worldwide will fit one of these categories. 

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"Automakers' non-standard plans for the use of electric vehicles and negative advocacy strategies are leading to a climate crisis," Yuryev said. "If they and their industry associations do not immediately change the mechanism for reforming their climate policy, they will continue to weaken and delay climate regulations around the world, pushing the world to the brink."