Mitsubishi Motors Thailand Begins to Use Solar Energy in Automotive Manufactures at Laem Chabang Factory
Mr. Morikazu Shokki, President of Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd., said, “Using solar energy in the manufactures of Mitsubishi automobiles is considered to be yet another Mitsubishi Motors Thailand’s environmental action plan that demonstrates our commitment to create environmental balance all along together with generating growth and advancement in the domestic automotive industry in order to give rise to both the sustainably social and economic developments in the long term. Using solar energy in the automotive production line at this factory is another important step of Mitsubishi Motors Thailand in helping to conserve the environment by helping to reduce the consumptions of the domestic fossil-derived electricity consequently resulting in a reduction in the emission of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. In addition, we map out a plan to expand the use of solar energy to our new paint factory in the future so that we can help reduce carbon emissions for all our projects concretely of more than 6,100 tons per year.”
The use of solar energy in the Mitsubishi automotive manufacturing process at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s Thailand Automobile Manufacturing Center is deemed to be a part of the operation under Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s long 30 year New Environmental Plan Package which focally places the importance on three main environmental actions which are the Action to Climate Change, Resource Circulation, and Pollution Prevention by setting a common goal as a part in stepping towards the future of creating a society with a net zero carbon footprint emissions by 2050 with a plan to help reduce 40% of CO2 emissions from new vehicle launches and another 40% from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s business operations and an increase in the share of electric vehicle sales by 50% of the total Mitsubishi’s vehicle sales in 2030.
In addition to using solar energy at this factory, Mitsubishi Motors Thailand had previously carried out its business operations by taking into account the basis of the environmental issue continuously the whole time by designing the new paint factory with technology that reduces the emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) as much as possible. Moreover, low VOCs are modified and replaced with waterborne paint materials. Highly efficient VOCs removal system effectively able to dispose of VOCs quantity by up to 81% is also installed to help reduce pollution emissions, create better air quality and to be more environmentally friendly.
At the same time, the automotive products that can help solve the environmental problems have been developed all along together with the manufactures and launches of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the first lot of the Japanese plug-in hybrid car manufactured in Thailand in 2020. Furthermore, co-operations with government and private sector agencies and organizations have been created to enhance the readiness on the infrastructure necessary for the use of electric vehicles to stimulate and solicit the domestic use of electric vehicles, as well.