Posted September 12, 2023

Yanmar’s Green Challenge 2050

Yanmar Compact Equipment, as part of the Yanmar Group, is committed to creating a sustainable future and recently launched the Yanmar Green Challenge 2050 to help achieve this aim.

The challenge commits the entire company to be free from greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. These actions can be divided into three areas – to reduce the greenhouse gasses the company makes in its own operations, to maximise the reuse of resources – and to help its customers also achieve these same objectives.

 “The Yanmar Green Challenge 2050 starts with us,” says Giuliano Parodi, Yanmar CE CEO. “ If we all play our part and show our commitment, then we will be in a position to convince our customers and business partners to follow our lead and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions too. It is important that we take the lead and show what is possible.”

Green Challenge in practice
The Green Challenge is pulling together individual initiatives that were already ongoing into a cohesive “big idea”. To make Yanmar CE’s manufacturing cleaner, the company is reducing its energy use – through more effective insulation of its buildings and fitting extensive solar panels on its factories’ roofs. Sourcing green energy and increasing energy independence will lower Yanmar’s carbon footprint and reduce overhead costs. This process will take time to complete, but the direction of travel is clear.

Progress will be redoubled when it comes to product innovation. The process of making engines even more fuel efficient continues, and Yanmar has recently unveiled an all-electric range of compact excavator, compact wheel loader and compact tracked carrier. New technology is also being considered, particularly the potential of hydrogen to power the company’s machines. The electrification of machines brings tangible benefits for the climate and to customers. They are quieter, cleaner and require less maintenance, boosting uptime and productivity.

The materials used to make Yanmar products is also under constant scrutiny. Today, machines are made from steel, plastics, rubber and other materials aren’t easily substituted for greener materials. But as cleaner alternatives appear, they will be embraced and Yanmar is working hard to find smarter ways to reduce, reuse and recycle materials and components.

Business benefits of going green
Doing good for the climate will also have associated business benefits. The Green Challenge will help strengthen the Yanmar brand compared to its competitors, help it become more attractive to investors and attract and retain talent.

“Meeting the Green Challenge 2050 is not just about our products – it’s also about our mindset,” concludes Parodi. “Doing nothing is not an option, so let’s all start today by looking for ways to be more sustainable in our everyday lives.”