28 Oct 21

PMI set the target to have a carbon-neutral fleet by 2030

Philip Morris International has released the Low Carbon Transition Plan (LCTP), detailing the carbon-free production and fleet operations roadmap.

The plan sets the carbon neutrality date for its direct operations as 2025 and its entire value chain as 2040. Critical suppliers of PMI will also adopt science-based targets (SBTs) to meet the 1.5°C limits of the Paris Agreement. 

The three-step plan of PMI includes cutting greenhouse gases by optimizing efficiency and lowering consumption, switching to renewable energies while distancing from fossil fuels and compensating unavoidable emissions by nature-based solutions and high-quality carbon credits. 

PMI formed the Portfolio of Climate Investments (PCI) to ensure the transparency of the processes in the decarbonization roadmap and manage and allocate the budget for climate solutions.

PMI factories will focus on energy-saving solutions 

PMI outlines two main programs to bolster carbon reduction in its direct operations. 

The D4Zero program aims to incorporate carbon reduction efforts in all PMI factories through industrial and manufacturing solutions while implementing new concepts such as Zero Loss Mindset to kick off a behavioural change program to push forward new ideas to eliminate process losses. 

The second program, Zero-Carbon Technology (ZCT), aims to increase the use of renewable energies in manufacturing processes while developing the abilities of carbon capture. PMI plans to equip its main suppliers with this knowledge and approach. 

A new powertrain strategy for PMI fleet 

PMI has also updated its global fleet strategy, which now clearly aims at “moving to a safer and smoke-free fleet” with new ambitious goals. 

As for every PMI initiative the fleet strategy is centrend around three main pillars, which are safety, sustainability and efficiency. Ensuring the safety of drivers and passengers, adding environment-friendly cars to the fleet and choosing the vehicles that best fit for value for the PMI fleet are at the core of these pillars. 

The new strategy, put together by Global Fleet and Travel Manager Huub Smeets, head of Fleet Centre of Excellence Ramón Cano, and Senior Manager Global Market & Fleet Safety Nikola Vuckovix, prioritizes leasing hybrid and electric cars and using more efficient modes of transportation to decrease CO2 emissions. To replace the fossil-fueled cars in its massive 23.000 vehicle fleet, PMI will invest in renewing lease contracts with a target of having over 30% of all fleet cars PHEV or BEV by 2024. The transformation will start in Europe and spread globally in the coming years. 

Under the new strategy, PMI aims to have 35% of the fleet carbon-free by 2025 and a global carbon-neutral fleet by 2030. 

Photos of Senior Manager Global Market & Fleet Safety Nikola Vuckovic, head of Fleet Centre of Excellence Ramón Cano, and Global Fleet and Travel Manager Huub Smeets of PMI. 

Authored by: Mufit Yilmaz Gokmen