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CO2-neutral fuels must not be ignored in emissions reductions work, says Mazda

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Mazda has become the first carmaker to join the eFuel Alliance, as it pushes for CO2-neutral fuels to be included in work to reduce emissions in the transport sector.

Mazda says a multi-solution approach to emissions reduction work in the transport sector is needed

Although the brand has launched its first mass-production fully electric vehicle and committed to having all Mazda vehicles electrified by 2030, it’s warning that many vehicles will continue to have an internal combustion engine and says a multi-solution approach is needed.

Its work with the eFuel Alliance will support this. The alliance brings together organisations and interested parties that support the goal of establishing and promoting CO2-neutral synthetic fuels and hydrogen as a credible and real contributor to reducing emissions in the transport sector.

Along with other alliance members, Mazda is calling for the establishment of a mechanism that takes into account the contribution of renewable and low-carbon fuels for emissions reduction of passenger cars and will contribute to the decision-making process now that the EU is reviewing its climate legislation.

Wojciech Halarewicz, vice president communications & public affairs at Mazda Motor Europe GmbH, 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.”

He continued: “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. 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.”

Ole von Beust, managing director of the eFuel Alliance, said the organisation would focus on supporting and driving the understanding of climate protection policies that ensure fair competition among different technologies.

“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,” he outlined.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.