• Kia commits to achieving carbon neutrality throughout the company's value chain by 2045.
• Kia model range to be fully electric in Europe by 2035, with key global markets to follow by 2040.
• Kia's first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle to be launched in 2028 to complement BEV line-up.
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A sustainable automaker: Kia unveils roadmap to carbon neutrality by 2045
Kia Corporation announced plans to become 100% carbon neutral by 2045. The intended roadmap will stand on three pillars that will guide the automaker to achieve its goals. These pillars are: 'Sustainable Mobility', 'Sustainable Planet' and 'Sustainable Energy'.
Kia says that reducing carbon emissions is not just for vehicle production but also its operational facets. The Korean automotive giant plans to reduce its 2019 level of carbon emissions by 97% come 2045.
Hosung Song, President and CEO of Kia, said: "For us, it is not only about setting goals and reaching targets. It is about setting a vision that will inspire others to join the movement to benefit humanity and protect the environment. In line with our vision of becoming a sustainable mobility solutions provider, we commit to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045."
Kia already highlighted its intention to electric mobility with the launch of its EV6 and the reveal of its upcoming EV9. In 2028, the automaker will launch its first hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) to complement its battery electric vehicle (BEV) line-up. In time, the internal combustion engine (ICE) will be replaced by either BEVs or FCEVs.
By 2035, the automaker aims to field an all-electric portfolio in Europe. From 2040 onwards, Kia's key markets worldwide will only field BEV and FCEV models.
In addition, Kia will work closely with its partners and suppliers to reduce their carbon emissions. The automaker said in a statement: "Kia is also working with its suppliers to reduce carbon emissions from the parts supply stage. Kia aims to create a carbon emissions monitoring system for its partner companies by 2022 and provide solutions to its suppliers based on the resulting data. A key element to this plan is the use of 'green steel', as the steel industry has traditionally been one of the biggest global carbon emitters."
Other aspects of the roadmap include the reuse of plastic, working with 'The Ocean Cleanup' to rid the world's oceans of plastic, and finding new and intuitive ways of taking care of marine ecosystems.