Environmental Initiatives

In order to contribute to the sustainable development of society and the world through its business activities while cooperating with global society, Toyota has been conducting continuous environmental initiatives since the 1960s. We aim to build a corporate group that is admired and trusted by society through ensuring that all employees, including those at consolidated subsidiaries, recognize our sustainable policies.

In the area of environment, we established the Toyota Earth Charter in 1992 (revised in 2000). Based on this, we formulated our long-term initiatives for the global environment by 2050 as the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, in 2015, when the Paris Agreement was adopted at COP 21*. We are advancing various initiatives centered on this.

* The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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.

Toyota's Perspective

  • 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.

Toyota's Perspective on Public Policy

Toyota's mission, as defined by the Toyota Philosophy, is "Producing Happiness for All", and the vision is "Creating Mobility for All". We have always been committed to contribute to the overall good, so our approach to business is in line with the vision of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our perspective on public policy flows from our desire to do good for society.

The role of government and public policy is critical to helping reduce the effects of climate change and promote expansion of advanced technology vehicles around the world. Toyota seeks to ensure that public policy, societal needs, technology development, and consumer needs are aligned to the greatest extent possible.

As a member of society in the countries and regions in which we operate, we believe it's a privilege and a responsibility to contribute to public policy by sharing our technical and consumer knowledge, our vision and our views. Toyota does this transparently and always in full accordance with the spirit and letter of the law. We have positive relationships with governments and their administrative agencies, regulators, mainstream major political parties, non-profit organizations, local communities, customers, dealers, suppliers, and employees. We show respect to all, consistent with a core company belief and therefore hope to become a company that is respected and welcomed by all.

Contributing to society and public policy means that Toyota places a high priority on participating and influencing activities through industry and other associations. For example, many Toyota executives and employees are currently participating in various associations across the globe and are involved in contributing to their public policy advocacy.

Toyota's Views on Climate Public Policies

We have summarized our views on key climate related policies, our views on public policies, and the industry associations to which we belong. Toyota does so to be more transparent about our activities, to build and increase trust with the public, and to further strengthen cooperation between all stakeholders.

2021

Highlighted Environmental 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

Coastal Ecosystem Conservation Project Marks Its 10th Anniversary (Brazil)

Environmental Protection Area Costa dos Corais
Environmental Protection Area Costa dos Corais

Fragmentation of habitats for various wildlife and loss of biodiversity are increasing across the world due in part to deforestation and marine pollution.

Toyota do Brazil (TDB) established the Toyota Foundation in 2009 and launched the Toyota APA Costa dos Corais Project to conserve local coastal ecosystems in 2011. This project supports activities to protect coral reefs, mangrove forests, and manatees (aquatic mammal) in the Environmental Protection Area Costa dos Corais (406,000 hectares), considered one of the most beautiful areas in Brazil, as well as biodiversity conservation activities through managing restricted entry zones.

The project has included a variety of efforts over the past 10 years. For example, it has sponsored several expeditions to monitor coral reefs and manatees, trained 300 mangrove guides, and established 25 visitation zones for tourists.

TDB will continue to support this coastal ecosystem conservation project and promote activities for bequeathing our beautiful home planet to future generations while maintaining a balance between conservation and tourism, which is a major source of income for local residents.

Environmental Protection Area Costa dos Corais
Environmental Protection Area Costa dos Corais

Waste-to-Energy Technology Employed in TSAM (South Africa)

Durban Plant site
Durban Plant site

With global population growth, along with the pursuit of economic growth and convenient lifestyles, the increase in demand for resources and volume of waste are of growing concern.

In September 2021, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) began converting conventional non-reusable or -recyclable landfill waste to energy for the cement industry. Combustible waste generated by car manufacturing processes, such as emulsion and paint sludge, are used as energy to heat cement kilns instead of fossil fuels. This diversion process reduces both landfill waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

Waste-to-Energy technology is well-established and widely available in developed countries, but is still limited in South Africa due to issues with transportation and processing costs. Even with those issues ongoing, TSAM still diverted two percent of its landfill waste from April to December 2021. As part of the "zero waste to landfill" goal, TSAM will seek to divert 30 percent of its future annual landfill waste through this technology.

Durban Plant site
Durban Plant site

Promoting the Circular Economy Innovation Program (Argentina)

Sunglasses made from recycled plastics
Sunglasses made from recycled plastics

The shift from a traditional linear economy based on mass-production, mass-consumption, and mass-disposal to a new circular economy* based on zero waste is becoming a global movement.

In November 2020, Toyota Argentina SA (TASA) launched a Circular Economy Innovation Program that integrates waste management from the company itself (TASA) and from parts manufacturers, dealers and suppliers, to help encourage a shift to a circular economy business model and reduce the environmental footprint of its operations.

Through this program, TASA produces new vehicle parts by collecting and recycling bumpers, old work clothes, and other recyclable materials. In turn, waste that cannot be reused or recycled is used to produce alternative fuels, while recycled plastics are used to manufacture sunglasses and other products. TASA also carries out other recycling processes, such as turning organic waste into fertilizer at its composting facility at the Zárate Plant.

In order to achieve the ultimate recycling-based society, TASA will continue taking direct measures toward a circular economy.

*
Circular economy
An economic activity that aims to achieve both resource circulation and economic growth, by repeatedly using the same limited resources
Sunglasses made from recycled plastics
Sunglasses made from recycled plastics

Held a SDG Study Session with Experts―Plant in Harmony with Nature (Japan)

Scene from SDG study session
Scene from SDG study session

As part of its activities to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Toyota is undertaking development of a "Plant in Harmony with Nature."

On December 9, 2021, we invited experts from the Nature Conservation Society of Japan and Toyota City's Environment Department for an online SDG study session.

The session focused on the topic of designing production plants that can operate in harmony with nature, and Toyota introduced its Harmony with Nature activities at Tsutsumi Plant and Teiho Plant, as well as its future plans in this area. The experts in attendance then offered evaluations and advice on how to improve the activities. We are now distributing sections from the session to plant and other employees, to help them gain a deeper understanding of the importance of one's SDG and Harmony with Nature activities.

We will continue to promote our companywide "Plant in Harmony with Nature" activities through periodic study sessions, in hopes that this ongoing education increases understanding of this vital area.

Scene from SDG study session
Scene from SDG study session

Sustainability Data Book

Environment
Environment
UpdatesJanuary 2022
  • Strategy and Management pp.12-13,17
  • New Vehicle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge p.25
  • Challenge of Minimizing and Optimizing Water Usage p.31
  • Environmental Data p.39
  • Verification Statement p.44