Mazda has become the first automotive manufacturer to join the eFuel Alliance, which supports the use of synthetic CO2 neutral fuels to reduce transport emissions.
The Japanese car brand believes e-fuels can help reduce emissions from existing internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, to support the adoption of new electric vehicles (EVs).
Wojciech Halarewicz, vice president communications and public affairs at Mazda Motor Europe, said: “As an industry we must reduce emissions as much as possible. And to do this we must not ignore any of the available routes at our disposal.
“Greenhouse gas emissions and climate change are, by nature, a global and complex issue requiring an integrated approach. All sectors and industries must play their part and, above all, they must have the opportunity to share any positive options to achieving the climate goals.”
Throughout its history Mazda has made a commitment to develop cars and powertrains that meet the needs of its customers and it says this passion remains. By 2030 all Mazda models will be electrified.
“We believe that with the necessary investment, CO2-neutral e-fuels and hydrogen will make a credible and real contribution to emissions reduction – not only for newly registered cars but for the current fleet,” added Halarewicz.
“This would open up a second and faster route to achieving climate neutrality in transport, hand-in-hand with continued electrification. As the EU will review its regulation on CO2 standards for cars and vans later this year, this is the chance to make sure the new legislation enables both electric vehicles and vehicles running on CO2-neutral fuels to contribute to car manufacturers’ emissions reduction efforts,” he said.
Ole von Beust, managing director of the eFuel Alliance, added: “Supporting and driving the understanding of climate protection policies that ensure fair competition among different technologies is the key goal of the eFuel Alliance. The next two years will be decisive as the European Commission will revise the main climate policy regulations. These should include a mechanism in the car legislation that recognises the contribution low-carbon fuels can make to achieving the emission reduction targets. Bringing together interested groups and organisations across all sectors involved will be crucial. That’s why we look forward to Mazda, with their long history in automotive innovation, being a strong partner in the eFuel Alliance.”