Toyota Boshoku group 2015 Environmental Action Plan

Detail of Y2015 Environmental Action Plan (PDF: 50KB)

Fiscal 2015 Results

The Toyota Boshoku group formulated the 2015 Environmental Action Plan, a medium-term plan for the environment implemented with the aim of realising a sustainable society whereby the environment and business activities exist in harmony. Efforts have been made during this period to achieve the goals set out in the plan.

As a result of our activities, we achieved all targets within the plan, such as those regarding CO2 emissions and basic unit, and basic unit for waste.

[Boundary of reporting] The Toyota Boshoku group uses sales (adjusted with exchange rates that held constant at 2005 levels) for the denominator of intensity performance metrics used to manage environmental protection activities. The boundary of reporting is as follows.

  • Toyota Boshoku: Global Mainstay Hub, plants and offices in Japan (18 plants)
  • The Americas region: Regional Management & Collaboration Hub (1 company), production entities (12 companies)
  • China region: Regional Management & Collaboration Hub (1 company), production entities (12 companies)
  • Japan affiliates: Production entities (8 companies), others (7 companies)
  • Asia & Oceania region: Regional Management & Collaboration Hub (1 company), production entities (12 companies)
  • Europe & Africa region: Regional Management & Collaboration Hub (1 company), production entities (7 companies)

① Environmental management

(Assessment circle:Achieved)
Action items for 2015 Results for 2015 Self assess-ment
Management (1)Strengthen and promote consolidated environmental management 1. Promote activities for reducing environmental impact by enhancing activities of Environmental Committees
2. Promote continuous improvements by building and enhancing the operation of environmental management systems (EMS)
3. Comply with Toyota Boshoku group environmental laws and strengthen activities to prevent environmental risk
  • Completed environmental risk maps at all regions and companies outside Japan. Implemented patrols inside and outside plant premises.
  • Target companies: Acquired ISO 14001 certification according to plan (total sum: 86 plants)
  • Formulated global rules and conducted audits to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations
(2)Promote environmental conservation activities in cooperation with business partners Request that suppliers build and operate EMS and abide by laws
  • Companies targeted for certification ISO 14001: Promoted continued acquisition of outside certification
(3)Ensure environmental management in product development Steadily promote LCA*1 management at the development stage
  • Calculated and released LCA values for representative vehicle types
(4)Promote sustainable plant activities  
  • Completed formulation of long-term “2050 Environmental Vision” and medium-term “2020 Environmental Action Plan”
(5)Enhance and promote environmental education globally 1. Systemise and promote global environmental education for raising members’ environmental awareness
2. Provide environmental education and promote enlightenment activities globally through coordination with Toyota Boshoku group companies
  • Implementation of environmental education globally based on environmental education system
  • Held a lecture on environmental international trends (June)
  • Held an energy conservation “experiential” exhibition and a lecture on energy conservation as well as presented awards for exceptional energy conservation cases (February)
(6)Enhance activities for communication with stakeholders through active disclosure of environmental information 1. Further enhance the provision of environmental information through the Toyota Boshoku Report and other communication tools
  • Enhanced environmental information by renewing website
  • Continued to exhibit environmental products and engaged in PR for environmental technology at product trade shows in Japan and outside Japan
  • Issued information on global environmental activities in the Toyota Boshoku Report and internal magazine
2. Promote activities for communication with local communities Promoted activities for communication with local communities
  • Introduced environmental activities and provided environmental education through plant tours, etc.
  • Conducted information exchange through meetings with local citizens
  • Encouraged volunteers to engage in local environment-related activities

*1 Life Cycle Assessment: Overall assessment for total environmental impact of products from raw materials through to production, use and up to disposal

2. Development and production activities for the realisation of a low-carbon society

(Assessment circle:Achieved)
Action items for 2015 Plan Results for 2015 Self assess-ment
Development and design (1)Promote the development of technologies for next-generation vehicles 1. Promote the development of weight-saving (lighter-weight) products for improving fuel efficiency
  • Urethane pad for rear seats and commercialised a thin, lightweight pad
  • Succeeded in developing lightweight foam base material for door trim by utilising an ultrahigh impact-resistant plastic alloy
2. Establish and promote weight-saving target values for all project units for new vehicle models
  • Proposed and incorporated a new structure and new method
Production and logistics (2) Reduce CO2 emissions in production activities 1. Promote the development of production technologies with the aim of achieving a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions of new production process
  • Promoted CO2 emission reduction activities in the planning stage through thorough energy conservation checks when introducing new lines and equipment and incorporating other measures
  • Drew up development themes (design, development and production preparation stages) in the medium and long term and set targets for effectiveness
2. Promote CO2 emission reduction activities by making daily improvements and utilise renewable energy

Systematically introduce and promote co-generation system and renewable energy-related activities and equipment
  • Achieved CO2 reduction target figures by continuing to conduct energy conservation diagnostics and completing zero-investment items globally
  • Looked into and systematically conducted installation of co-generation systems (introduced at Gifu Plant in 2014; planning at Sanage Plant in 2016) and systematically conducted installation of solar power generation facilities (at Kariya Plant in 2013 and 2014)
(3) Reduce CO2 emissions in logistics activities Promote activities that further raise transportation efficiency
  • Further promoted activities to enhance transportation efficiency: Combined deliveries going in the same direction and implemented activities to enhance transport loading ratio
〈CO2 emissions in production and logistics〉 * Please see the diagram below.

<CO2 emissions in production and logistics>

CO2 emissions in production and logistics

3. Technology development and production activities for building a recycling-oriented society

(Assessment circle:Achieved)
Action items for 2015 Results for 2015 Self assess-ment
Development and design (1) Promote recycling design and develop technologies for effective use of limited resources Promote recycling design that reduces the number of parts and improves ease of disassembly <Seats>
  • Completed deployment of standardised frame in the hatchback vehicle types
<Door trims>
  • Set “Easy to Dismantle Mark” for vehicle types that have issued formal drawings and contributed to enhanced recyclability
  • Verified and completed the factoring in of 3Rs*2 and environmental checklist for each component
  • Reduced number of components and fastening points to the extent possible without impacting performance
(2) Develop and expand the use of plant-derived materials that can recycle CO2 Promote the development and product commercialisation of plant-derived materials such as kenaf
  • Continued to use kenaf products
  • Worked to commercialise new technology
    • Developed injection moulding technology using kenaf fibre and commercialised an air cleaner case
    • Developed simultaneous moulding technology for base material and the back side of plastic parts using natural fibre and commercialised an interior part
  • Started development for new items by creating a bio-scenario and a bio-related roadmap not involving natural fibres
Production and logistics (3) Reduce waste materials and efficiently use resources in production activities and logistics activities 1. Reduce emissions by raising yields and taking other measures to reduce waste at the source and promote effective use of resources
  • Reduced waste by raising yield
  • Promoting reuse of waste as a resource
  • Started recycling kenaf remnants
  • Started recycling containers by changing packaging and containers used for raw materials
2. Establish targets individually giving consideration to water environmental issues in each country and region and continually reduce the volume of water usage
  • Reused wastewater, used for cooling in the production process, in cooling towers
  • Reused rainwater and drain water from machines with air-conditioning units
3. Promote streamlining of packaging specifications and the use of returnable containers
  • Implemented cross-organisational deployment of improvement cases and achieved 36 cases of improvement in packaging for the year
<Waste emissions, volume of packing and packaging material usage, volume of water usage> * Please see the diagram below.

<Waste emissions, volume of packing and packaging material usage>

Waste emissions, volume of packing and packaging material usage

*2 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

4. Reduction of the use of substances with environmental impact and carrying out social activities in co-existence with the natural environment

Action items for 2015 Results for 2015 Self assess-ment
Development and design (1) Strengthen management of chemical substances contained in products Steadily switch away from the use of substances with environmental impact and strengthen the structure for managing their usage
  • Completed preparation of a framework for confirming the makeup of materials and a list of chemical substances when introducing materials globally
  • Switched away from substances with environmental impact such as brominated flame retardants
  • Reduced and strengthened management system for VOC in components
Production (2) Reduce the use of substances with environmental impact in production activities Curb emissions of PRTR*3, VOC and other atmospheric pollutants
  • Reviewed the scope of robot application of mould-releasing agent and reduced the consumption of coating material
  • Reduced PRTR and VOC by switching from organic solvent to water-based solvents
Cooperation with society (3) Undertake efforts toward conservation of biodiversity Formulate biodiversity guidelines and aim for co-existence with the ecosystems of surrounding communities
  • Promoted environmental protection activities globally based on the Toyota Boshoku Basic Policy of Biodiversity
(4) Promote social contribution activities in order to co-exist with nature Promote activities that contribute to the environment and society such as environmental preservation, forest management and reforestation activities in cooperation with the Toyota Boshoku group and the surrounding communities
  • Promoted tree-planting, forest management and reforestation activities in cooperation with companies in the Toyota Boshoku group and surrounding communities globally and contributed to environmental preservation
    • Japan region: 5 locations
    • Regions outside Japan: 4 regions, 16 countries
    • Number of activities: 210
    • Number of trees planted: 30 thousand

*3 Pollutant Release and Transfer Register