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Kia, a leading automotive company, has set a target to achieve net zero by 2045. The company has outlined a carbon neutrality pathway with incremental targets to attain net zero emissions. The overarching goal is to achieve a 97% reduction in carbon emissions compared to 2019 levels by 2045. The phased targets include 4.5% by 2022, 10% by 2030, 35% by 2035, 70% by 2040, and ultimately, 100% by 2045. To address the remaining emissions, the company will implement offset measures, aiming for a net-zero emission status throughout all stages, encompassing supply, manufacturing, logistics, use, and disposal.

Kia has identified scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3 emissions as key areas of focus for emission reduction. In terms of carbon emissions trends, the sustainability report presents data for the year 2022. The total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for that period amounted to 733,394.117 tCO2eq. Within this total, 266,045.897 tCO2eq were attributed to direct emissions (scope 1), 467,348.220 tCO2eq were from energy indirect emissions (scope 2), and scope 3 GHG emissions reached 72,975,453 tCO2eq. Additionally, the GHG emission intensity was reported at 1.58 tCO2eq per KRW 100 million.

Kia has taken several steps to reduce emissions and achieve its net-zero targets. The company has referred to independent external sources such as DART and the National Greenhouse Gas Management System to ensure the quality and reliability of the information provided. Kia has also engaged LRQA, a certification body, to verify its GHG emissions and ensure compliance with international standards. The company has outlined specific targets to transition its corporate vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs), starting with the replacement of vehicles. The plan is to achieve 34% EVs by 2023, 73% by 2025, 98% by 2028, and a complete transition to 100% EVs by 2030. In tandem, Kia has established goals for the share of renewable energy, targeting 12% by 2025, 63% by 2030, and 100% by 2040. The company aims to achieve the RE100 target at overseas business sites by 2030, extending it to all business sites by 2040. Additionally, Kia has set targets for the share of self-generation, aiming for 3% by 2025, 5% by 2030, and 6% by 2040.

To further reduce emissions, Kia has implemented ISO 14001 and ISO 50001 certifications and has invested in a comprehensive management system. The company has also conducted audits and interviews to evaluate conformance with GHG reporting standards and accuracy of emissions data. These efforts have resulted in no material misstatements in GHG emission calculations.

In conclusion, Kia is committed to addressing GHG emissions and has set net-zero targets. The company is actively working towards reducing emissions in scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3 categories. Kia has taken steps to ensure the quality and reliability of its emissions data and has engaged third-party verification to validate its efforts. By implementing ISO certifications and investing in a comprehensive management system, Kia is making significant progress towards achieving its emission reduction goals.

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