Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - March 3, 2023
Yamaha Motor to Use Green Aluminum in Motorcycles
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it has reached an agreement with an aluminum ingot supplier for the procurement of green aluminum, and began using it as a raw material for parts in Yamaha motorcycles in February 2023.
This is the first time for green aluminum to be used in Japanese motorcycles and the company plans to gradually expand its usage in models going forward, according to an announcement.
Aluminum parts account for 12% to 31% of the total vehicle weight of a motorcycle, so adopting green aluminum is one effective approach for reducing CO2 emissions from the raw material manufacturing part of a product’s life cycle (falls under Scope 3 Category 1 emissions for supply chains).
Yamaha Motor has actively pushed the use of recycled aluminum, which now comprises some 80% of the Company’s aluminum usage. This introduction of green aluminum is meant to complement this and will be employed for parts that still cannot be manufactured with recycled materials.
The company will utilize green aluminum for certain parts in its large-displacement and off-road competition motorcycles and plans to expand the number of models using the material in the future as available supply volumes allow.
In line with the Yamaha Motor Group Environmental Plan 2050, the company is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality throughout all of its business activities -- including its entire supply chain -- by 2050. To realize this, the Company has set a goal of switching to 100% sustainable materials by 2050.
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