Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA)

InfluenceMap Score
E
Performance Band
35%
Organisation Score
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Sector:
Automotive
Head​quarters:
東京, 日本

Climate Lobbying Overview: The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) appears to have mixed engagement with climate and energy regulation, supporting certain policy areas while lobbying negatively on others.
In December 2020, JAMA’s chair, Akio Toyoda, welcomed Japan's 2050 carbon neutrality target, saying the auto industry will do its utmost to contribute to this goal. However, he emphasized that the target cannot be achieved without "breakthrough technology" innovation and that this has to be addressed across the supply chain in order to maintain competitiveness. He has suggested a need for strong government policy and financial support to meet this target, as seen in Europe, US, and China. Specifically, JAMA have outlined need for policy and financial support from the government for decarbonized energy infrastructure, charging point infrastructure, cheap clean hydrogen supply infrastructure, and electric vehicle incentives including subsidies and tax breaks. On JAMA’s website under “long term global warming vison” accessed in April 2021, it appears to state support for major reduction in GHG emission from cars with eventually a net-zero target to be achieved through innovation. However, it is not clear if they aim to do this by 2050. JAMA’s position statement in their Environmental Strategy in 2019 featured GHG emission target for the automobile sector, only to 2030.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: In 2019, through a statement on its website, JAMA has disclosed broad support for Japanese vehicle fuel efficiency, based on the Top Runner Program standards. This contrasts, however, with the group’s engagement on ambitious European vehicle GHG emission standards, which the group opposed in 2018 labelling “an unacceptable burden for vehicle manufacturers”. According to a media article from 2017, JAMA have opposed a carbon pricing policy.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Environmental statement on JAMA’s website, accessed in 2021 appears to support the uptake of next-generation vehicles (hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, clean diesel passenger vehicles, etc.) through the provision of government support including subsidies and tax reliefs, as well as investment into the needed infrastructure. In its strategy document “Long term vision for climate change mitigation”, JAMA appears to support increased infrastructure and provision of low/de-carbonised energy sources in order to increase electrification of transportation (BEV/PHEV/FCEV). In 2021, in its position statemen on the 2021 tax reform, JAMA however appears to support policy with a mixed impact on the transition of the transport vehicles - demanding extension of tax exemption scheme for greening vehicles and increasing hydrogen transport infrastructure, but also suggesting vehicle weight tax should be abolished for the foreseeable future.

Industry Association Governance: JAMA appears to have disclosed its board membership but not the full list of its membership. JAMA has published some information on climate lobbying positions, however they do not appear to have a dedicated disclosure.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
1 2 NA NS NS 1 NA NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 NS NA NS 0 0 NA NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 0 NA NS -2 -2 NA NA
Support of UN Climate Process
0 NS NA NS 1 0 NA NA
Transparency on Legislation
0 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS NA NS -1 NS NA NA
Emissions Trading
-1 NS NA NS -2 NS NA NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
1 NS NA NS -1 -1 NA NA
Renewable Energy
0 NS NA -1 NS NS NA NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 0 NA 0 0 0 NA NA
GHG Emission Regulation
0 NS NA -2 NS NS NA NA
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NS NA NA NA NA NA NA