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Honda has asked its supply chain providers to reduce carbon emissions annually by 4% compared to 2019 levels.

The news comes as the Japanese automaker is looking to have its parts suppliers achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. 

According to reports from Nikkei, Honda notified its suppliers in a letter and will start implementing the targets in 2025. Honda will welcome any moves to bring forward its decarbonisation efforts and is asking suppliers to submit a timetable for how they plan to become net-zero emitters by 2050.

Honda has promised to aim for net-zero emissions across its whole portfolio by 2050 and is planning to sell exclusively battery or fuel cell-powered vehicles by 2040. The Japanese government has a goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

A Honda spokesperson declined to tell Reuters whether it had requested its suppliers cut carbon emissions, adding that it was not information the firm had released. 

However, the news wouldn’t be out-of-step for the Japanese auto industry. Back in June, Toyota revealed that it had asked suppliers to reduce their carbon emissions.  

“Carbon neutrality is not something a company can achieve alone, so we asked our suppliers to work together towards achieving it,” said a Toyota spokeswoman. 

Toyota is requesting that parts manufacturers reduce emissions by 3% in 2021 compared to the previous year. 

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