Environmental Initiatives

Ensuring beautiful hometowns and a beautiful world are preserved well into the future

Since its foundation, Toyota has handed down the Five Main Principles of Toyoda, and has been working on environmental initiatives since the 1960s. In 2015, the year when the Paris Agreement was adopted at COP21*, Toyota announced the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, a long-term initiative regarding the global environment until 2050.

On the other hand, from a global perspective, people's awareness of climate change is rising more than ever due to the damages caused by natural disasters including heat waves, floods, large typhoons and droughts in various regions. Many issues that threatens the lives of people all over the world relates to each other in a complex way. To solve these issues, the world started moving to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Toyota also needs to change. For a sustainable future beyond 2030, Toyota will never stop challenging. Based on the idea that our challenges will also lead to solve various issues, we will accelerate our environmental initiatives.

* The 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change

Sustainability Data Book

Environment
Environment

Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050

  • Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050
    Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050
    Toyota will achieve zero CO2 emissions and a net positive environmental impact, and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.
  • 2030 Milestone
    2030 Milestone
    Indicates how the six challenges that Toyota is undertaking will be as of 2030.
  • Six Challenges
    Six Challenges
    Presents specific details on the six challenges that Toyota is undertaking.
  • 2030 Milestone
    2030 Milestone
    Toward a future society in harmony with automobiles and nature
  • Challenge of Achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2050
    Challenge of Achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2050
    Toyota will continue to do its utmost to take on the challenge of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Strategy and Management

Highlighted Activities

Harmony with Nature

TOYOTA's Forest Conservation

Forests are an important basis of the local community and society. Toyota is dealing with the issues and backgrounds of the forest, and is working on creating sustainable forests through various activities.

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Main Initiatives
  • Forest of Toyota
    Forest of Toyota
    (Japanese only)
    Toyota is deploying various activities toward creating a sustainable forest through "human resource development and collaboration with local communities" and "establishment of a system that is in harmony with the forest."
  • Toyota Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute
    Toyota Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute
    (Japanese only)
    Under the rich nature of Hakusanroku, Toyota is working on developing human resources for the future through various hands-on nature programs and children's camps.
  • Toyota Mie Miyagawa Mountain Forest
    Toyota Mie Miyagawa Mountain Forest
    (Japanese only)
    Toyota is taking advantage of characteristics of the Miyagawa Mountain Forest, which has a historical connection with the timber industry, by promoting lumber production and use, as well as new utilization of trees and spaces.

Initiatives at Office

  • Initiatives to Reduce Single-use Plastics
    Initiatives to Reduce Single-use Plastics
    Toyota is actively undertaking initiatives to reduce single-use plastics at offices globally.

Web Videos on Our Initiatives

  • Brazil
    Brazil
    Conducting various activities to realize a society in harmony with nature, such as tree-planting (planted more than 130,000 trees in the past 10 years), with the theme of creation of forests at plant sites.
  • Europe
    Europe
    Some accomplishments by 2020, such as 100 percent renewable electricity introduction rate at all plants in Europe. Continuously accelerating measures to realize the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050.
  • U.S.A.
    U.S.A.
    Conducting various activities that focus on four areas: carbon neutrality, water, waste and biodiversity.
  • Argentina
    Argentina
    Organized a Toyota environmental management structure, and implementing initiatives including daily environmental proposal and kaizen to minimize the environmental load.
  • Thailand
    Thailand
    Conducting various initiatives including coastal clean-ups and mangrove plantations to reduce marine pollution by plastic waste. Also, produced this educational video of marine ecosystem conservation.
  • India
    India
    Designed the Toyota Ecozone to create a sense of consciousness and participation among children, and is conducting environmental educations to foster water and energy savers.
  • The Philippines
    The Philippines
    Conducting coastal clean-ups and mangrove plantations to conserve the marine environment.
  • Indonesia
    Indonesia
    Conducting tree-planting activities and creating a balanced habitat for birds and other wildlife species to establish a harmony between manufacturing process and nature ecosystem.
  • Vietnam
    Vietnam
    Supporting field surveys and conservation activities of wildlife species by donating vehicles to environmental NGOs.

Topics

Signed a Major Solar Power Contract (North America)

TMNA Headquarters (Left: Solar panels)
TMNA Headquarters (Left: Solar panels)

Toyota is globally conducting various measures to achieve carbon neutrality at all plants by 2035.

In September 2021, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), our regional headquarters in North America, signed a virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA)1 with Clearway Energy Group (Clearway). TMNA will support Clearway's Wildflower Solar project (100MW) in Mississippi which is scheduled to begin operation in 2023, and purchase 80MW of the electricity the project will generate. This electricity output is expected to cover annual electricity consumption of approximately 15,000 average households2 in the U.S. As a side note, besides this solar project, TMNA signed its first VPPA in 2020 with Clearway for the Black Rock wind farm (110MW) now nearing completion in West Virginia. The VPPA will contribute hugely to realize carbon neutrality at all Toyota plants in the U.S.

TMNA is also focusing on on-site renewable energy generation, such as by installing solar panels in its headquarters, and has been identified as one of the top 20 corporate users of installed onsite solar capacity in the U.S., according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

In order to achieve carbon neutrality, TMNA will continue active introduction of renewable electricity at its plants.

1Virtual Power Purchase Agreement: A long-term contract between a developer of renewable energy projects and an energy buyer to acquire renewable energy certificates

2Calculated from 10,715 kWh (average annual electricity for a U.S. residential utility customer in 2020 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration)

TMNA Headquarters (Left: Solar panels)
TMNA Headquarters (Left: Solar panels)

Biodiversity Conservation at the Ban Pho Plant (Thailand)

Ban Pho Plant site (Top: Plant; bottom: Eco Forest and Biotope)
Ban Pho Plant site (Top: Plant; bottom: Eco Forest and Biotope)
Asian Golden Weaver
Asian Golden Weaver

The loss of biodiversity is increasing worldwide and becoming more severe, mainly due to extinction caused by deforestation and marine pollution.

Toyota Motor Thailand (TMT) Ban Pho Plant is working on various activities as a model of a sustainable plant since 2008. TMT built an Eco Forest and Biotope on its 9.6-hectare conservation area located within the plant site. In June 2016, TMT launched a Biodiversity and Sustainability Learning Center "Cheewa Panavet*," and it has been visited by more than 45,000 people (mainly elementary school children in Thailand). Currently, teaching activities are continuing through online media due to the effect of COVID-19.

Also, TMT is conducting ecosystem assessments in the conservation area, by selecting indicator species and evaluating their habitat status in cooperation with experts from universities and NGOs. As part of its measures, it built a wetland in the area to create a feeding and nesting habitat for the Asian Golden Weaver, classified as Near Threatened. Since 2019, this native bird returned to the Ban Pho Plant, and TMT was able to confirm 10 chicks fledged from the area in 2021.

TMT will continue further habitat maintenance and promote development of a "Plant in Harmony with Nature."

*Cheewa Panavet: A combination of three Thai words, cheewa (life), pana (forest) and vet (habitat)

Ban Pho Plant site (Top: Plant; bottom: Eco Forest and Biotope)
Ban Pho Plant site (Top: Plant; bottom: Eco Forest and Biotope)
Asian Golden Weaver
Asian Golden Weaver

Promoted Conservation Efforts to the World at the International Summit on Grey-faced Buzzard 2021 Miyakojima (Japan)

Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama Country Road
Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama Country Road
A flying Grey-faced Buzzard
A flying Grey-faced Buzzard

At the Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama, a new R&D center, we are conducting various measures with the aim of a "technical center in harmony with nature and local communities." As part of its measures, we presented our conservation activities for the Grey-faced Buzzard at the International Summit on Grey-faced Buzzard 2021 Miyakojima held in October.

The Grey-faced Buzzard is a migratory raptor, whose size is a bit smaller than a crow. It comes to Japan from spring to early summer for breeding from South-east Asia. We used to see them in our familiar environment, but currently they are threatened with extinction due to decline in the number caused by habitat loss and other issues.

The International Summit on Grey-faced Buzzard has been held since 2019 as a platform for discussion to the future of the Grey-faced Buzzard and local residents. This was the second summit in Japan, and in addition to presentations on conservation activities made by participants including Toyota, they shared their experiences and held active discussions.

We will continuously conduct Harmony with Nature activities, such as through the Grey-faced Buzzard conservation, and promote these activities to realize a "Plant in Harmony with Nature."

Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama Country Road
Toyota Technical Center Shimoyama Country Road
A flying Grey-faced Buzzard
A flying Grey-faced Buzzard