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

Validation and approval of Toyota's emissions reduction targets by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi*1)

Toyota's emissions reduction targets for Scope 1 and 2 and Scope 3 Category 11*2 were validated and approved*3 by SBTi in September 2022 as follows:

Emissions Target year Base year Reduction rate Validation / Approval class
Scope 1 and 2 2035 2019 68% 1.5℃
Scope 3 Category 11 (emission intensity)  
  Passenger light duty vehicles and light commercial vehicles 2030 33.3% Well Below 2℃
Medium and heavy freight trucks 11.6%
*1
SBTi
An initiative established by CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
*2
Scope 1
Direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from operations of a company and its consolidated companies.
Scope 2
Indirect GHG emissions from generation of purchased electricity, heat, steam, etc. consumed in the operations above.
Scope 3 Category 11
GHG emissions from the use of goods sold by a company.
*3
Validation / Approval
SBTi validates the Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction target of a company as in line with the science-based criteria established by SBTi to limit the global average temperature increase to 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels.
With regard to automobile companies, SBTi also approves Scope 3 Category 11 emissions (gCO2e/km) reduction targets as in line with the science-based criteria to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2℃ above pre-industrial levels, in conjunction with the above-mentioned validation.

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

Support provided for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (China)

A small FC electric bus transporting athletes and staff members
A small FC electric bus transporting athletes and staff members
Olympic and Paralympic logo

The Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games were held in China for 17 days from February 4 and 10 days from March 4. During the Games, the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee focused on reducing CO2 emissions and environmental conservation and carried out various measures in order to achieve their sustainable development goals.

Toyota provided 2,205 electrified vehicles such as HEVs, BEVs, and FCEVs* as official vehicles and supported transportation for athletes and staff members with the aim of achieving a safe, secure, and green Games.

The electrified vehicles, such as the new Mirai―which saw its first large-scale use in China―and a small FC electric bus based on Toyota's Coaster minibus―which were developed for these Games―greatly contributed to reducing CO2 emissions. In addition, accessible mobility vehicles, like the Coaster, Sienna, and Hiace, were used to support transportation for Paralympic athletes.

Toyota will continue to use these Olympic and Paralympic legacy FCEVs and accessible mobility vehicles after the Games. We will also support the development of China's hydrogen fuel cell industry and aim to bring the Mobility for All concept to reality.

Based on the idea that eco-friendly vehicles contribute to the environment only when they come into widespread use, Toyota will continue to respond to the needs of each country and region, including China, and provide a wide range of available options to achieve carbon neutrality. Furthermore, we will keep making efforts, including CO2 emissions reduction at plants and dealers, and contribute toward achieving carbon neutrality.

* HEVs: hybrid electric vehicles; BEVs: battery electric vehicles; FCEVs: fuel cell electric vehicles
A small FC electric bus transporting athletes and staff members
A small FC electric bus transporting athletes and staff members
Olympic and Paralympic logo

Achievement of 100 Percent Renewable Electricity Introduction at the TKM Plant (India)

Rooftop Solar panels installed at the Bidadi Plant
Rooftop Solar panels installed at the Bidadi Plant

Toyota is undertaking various global initiatives to achieve carbon neutrality at all plants by 2035.

Since FY2015, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has been implementing initiatives to increase the use of renewable energy. In June 2021, TKM successfully achieved 100 percent renewable energy conversion of purchased electricity at the Bidadi Plant in Karnataka and eight on-site suppliers.

TKM signed solar power purchase agreements (PPAs) with developers of solar power and the efforts resulted in a cumulative offset of 286,794 tons of CO2 emissions from 2014 to March 2022, through the use of power generated from solar panels installed at the Bidadi premises (8.2 MW) and outside the premises (18 MW).

Taking into consideration the characteristics of each region, Toyota will continue to develop technologies for carbon capture and reuse and other technologies with the aim of achieving carbon neutrality at all global plants by 2035.

Rooftop Solar panels installed at the Bidadi Plant
Rooftop Solar panels installed at the Bidadi Plant

Seatbelt Reuse as Side Protection Nets for Vehicles (Brazil)

Inside the Etios Aibo (red frame: side protection net)
Inside the Etios Aibo (red frame: side protection net)

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.

Toyota do Brazil (TDB) established the Toyota do Brazil Foundation in 2009 and launched the ReTornar Project, an upcycling* initiative in 2011. To date, the project has transformed collected airbags and automotive upholstery fabrics, old work clothes, and other reusable materials into new products such as backpacks and wallets. This initiative not only reduces waste, but also contributes to generating work (sewing) and income for local residents.

In April 2021, as part of the ReTornar Project, TDB announced the Etios Aibo Project in which from January 2022 to August 2023, TDB will collect 1.24 tons of seatbelts and upcycle them into side protection nets for 1,389 Etios Aibo units. The Etios Aibo is a vehicle used for cargo transport that was developed for the Argentina market. This new project received the Grand Prize at the 2021 Eco Award for Toyota's Latin America & Caribbean region.

In order to achieve the ultimate recycling-based society, TDB will continue taking direct measures toward utilizing waste resources.

*
Upcycling
To add new value such as design and ideas to waste, and upgrade it into a new product
Inside the Etios Aibo (red frame: side protection net)
Inside the Etios Aibo (red frame: side protection net)

Mangrove Planting for Environmental Conservation Activities (Philippines)

October 2021, TMP President Okamoto (center) with volunteers
October 2021, TMP President Okamoto (center) with volunteers

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

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has planted 36,900 seedlings in both coastal and upland areas through the All-Toyota Green Wave Project implemented by the "Challenge of Establishing a Future Society in Harmony with Nature," which is one of the goals of the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050.

In 2020, TMP signed a three-year partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to clean up, preserve, and rehabilitate 10 hectares of mangrove plantation areas along the coastline of Lian. Through this partnership, TMP planted 20,000 mangroves and collected 50 kilograms of garbage that drifted ashore in cooperation with local governments in October 2021.

Mangrove planting will help conserve biodiversity, reduce flooding risks from storm surges, and provide employment for local residents. The amount of CO2 absorbed by mangroves is several times more than that of tropical rainforests. TMP believes that increasing mangrove forests is a necessary measure against climate change.
TMP will continue to build good relationships with the local communities and promote activities for bequeathing our beautiful home planet to future generations.

October 2021, TMP President Okamoto (center) with volunteers
October 2021, TMP President Okamoto (center) with volunteers