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
Major updatesDecember 2020
  • Fundamental Approach Toward the Environmentp.6
  • Plant Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge (Ratio of CO2 emissions reduction compared to 2013 levels)pp.20-21

Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050

  • Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050
    Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050
    Environmental Report 2020 p.8
    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
    Environmental Report 2020 p.9
    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

In April 2020, Toyota announced a new five-year environmental action plan covering the period from 2021 to 2025.

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 Video on Our Initiatives

  • 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

Announcement of the new BEV series, Toyota bZ

Toyota bZ

Today, countries around the world are declaring their goals in achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

To realize carbon neutrality, the automotive industry is trying to take on the challenge of enhancing its long-established fuel and engine technologies or its composite technologies that combine these technologies, as well as further enhancing and popularizing its vehicle electrification technologies. Toyota has undertaken to establish a full line-up of electrified vehicles* and thereby offer its customers in each region diverse choices, targeting carbon neutrality.

In April 2021, Toyota announced its new BEV series, Toyota bZ, which was established utilizing our experience in developing electrification technologies for the past 25 years or more. We unveiled a concept version of the Toyota bZ4X, which is the first model in the bZ series, at the Auto Shanghai 2021 in China. We will introduce 15 BEVs, including 7 Toyota bZ models, by 2025.

We cannot achieve carbon neutrality in mobility unless we reduce CO2 emissions during all processes of "manufacturing," "logistics," "driving," and "disposal and recycling." We need to work hand in hand with various stakeholders including national governments and industry organizations to realize this, and Toyota will further commit to this cooperation.

We hope to further reduce CO2 emissions through technologies based on a sustainable and practical approach.

* Electrified vehicles refer to HEVs, PHEVs, BEVs and FCEVs

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Toyota bZ

Introduction of the Toyota Environmental Program for Kids (dragonfly ver.)

Toyota Environmental Program for Kids (dragonfly ver.)

Toyota has been conducting environmental educational activities to foster children responsible for the future to have a sense of ownership and take action on environmental issues. As one of the activities, we have prepared the "Toyota Environmental Program for Kids (dragonfly ver.)." We used dragonflies as the main theme of this program, since they are in the middle of the ecosystem, so to speak, a standard living creature in the ecosystem. Let's think about the current situation that dragonflies are in, and the impact of human life on the environment in a fun manner through the "problem-solving game" and "three-panel cartoon."

You can download the simplified version of this program and apply for educational materials from the following website
(CooperationThe Asahi Shimbun Houkago Tanosheet)

https://houkago.asahi.com/kids_supporter/toyota_esd.html?iref=toyotaHP (Japanese only)

This program is a part of the ESD* Project based on the policy of "Challenge of Establishing a Future Society in Harmony with Nature," which is one of the goals in the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050.

* Education for Sustainable Development
Toyota Environmental Program for Kids (dragonfly ver.)