Mazda, Saudi Aramco, AIST Researching CO2 Reduction

Mazda Motor Corporation announced today it will begin a joint research project with Saudi Aramco and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) for making internal combustion engines more efficient and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

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Saudi Aramco will develop a fuel with a refinery process that results in lower carbon dioxide emissions, and Mazda and AIST will research and develop a high-efficiency engine that uses the fuel. The initiative is expected to yield technologies that effectively reduce carbon dioxide emissions on a well-to-wheel basis.

Like all automakers, Mazda is working to reduce its impact on the environment in line with its “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” vision for technology development that was announced in August last year. The plan calls for the automaker to reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions on a well-to-wheel basis, considering everything from fuel extraction to driving.

Mazda says it is no longer enough to focus solely on the tank-to-wheel phase and develop fuel efficient engines and cars that emit low levels of carbon dioxide while driving on the road.

Through this research, Mazda claims it will build on a long history of technology development efforts aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

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