SWEDEN - JAPAN CO-CREATING TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY
Accelerating Japan's transition to Zero-emission vehicles
Carbon emissions from automobiles account for about 16% of the total emissions in Japan. To meet its emissions reductions targets as well as support the global effort to keep warming to under 1.5 C, it is crucial for Japan to rapidly transition away from fossil-powered vehicles to Zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV) in both commercial and private sectors. However, in 2020, only 0.6% of new passenger vehicle sales in Japan were of ZEVs, compared to 10% in Europe.
Key enablers for Japan to accelerate its transition to ZEVs include:
Support for ZEV development and procurement, including both financial and regulatory support
Accelerated development of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, including both private charging points and public quick-charging stations
Support for the provision of renewable energy for electric vehicle charging stations
Team Sweden and AstraZeneca K.K. are now calling for partners to join forces in addressing this challenge through common initiatives and advocacy.
AstraZeneca is one of the top global pharmaceutical companies in the world, with over 83,000 employees worldwide.
Under the "Ambition Zero Carbon" program, AstraZeneca has set the goal of reaching zero carbon emissions from operations by 2025, and for its whole value chain to be carbon negative from 2030, investing up to 1 billion USD. A key step to reaching these goals is to switch the entire AstraZeneca car fleet - 17,000 vehicles - to fully electric vehicles.
AstraZeneca K.K. was established in 2000 with the merger of Astra Japan K.K with Zeneca K.K., and now employs 3,400 people, with a turnover of 3,5 billion USD