Marelli, a leading global automotive supplier based in Detroit, has announced its commitment to become carbon neutral within its operations by 2030.
The company will achieve this goal — which is a key part of the company’s broader commitment to build a more sustainable company — through measures aimed at minimizing energy consumption, ensuring the use of renewable energy, and neutralizing remaining unavoidable emissions.
This new step defines a more ambitious objective and specific plans to attain reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. The actions will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from direct sources owned or controlled directly by the company, as well as indirect emission from energy purchased and used by the organization.
“The automotive industry has a critical role to play in creating a cleaner, greener world,” says Dinesh Paliwal, executive chairman of Marelli. “In addition to our role as a supplier of technologies which enable the responsible transition towards full electrification, this significant investment in achieving full operational carbon neutrality is a milestone in building a stronger, more sustainable Marelli.”
Marelli will achieve this target by abating energy consumption and related emissions through continuous implementation of “energy efficiency Monozukuri,” a series of strategies and activities directly aimed at reducing energy usage at plants.
These include the introduction of high-efficiency and energy saving equipment, as well as improvement activities like streamlining operating lines in production sites. Within this stream of activities, further actions will be implemented to minimize energy consumption in the Marelli’s facilities, with extra focus placed on improving the efficient use of utilities.
Another part of the strategy is the commitment to source 100 percent of electric energy used in operation from renewables or otherwise offset with certified carbon credits. Renewable energy — in the form of photovoltaic and wind generated power — will either be self-generated or purchased through certified contracts as power purchasing agreements and green supply contracts.
“This is a first step for Marelli in outlining firm plans to reduce our overall carbon emissions,” says Beda Bolzenius, CEO of Marelli. “Our next step will be to define clear goals and measures across indirect emissions, which includes working with suppliers, customers, as well as internally within our own product and manufacturing processes. We have a long way to go, but the investments being announced today are a significant step forward.”
The final part of the plan includes any residual emissions that cannot be captured through the primary efforts defined above being offset through participating in certified carbon projects around the world.