- Environmental Activities
- Toyota Boshoku group 2015 Environmental Action Plan
- Environmental Management
Based on the TOYOTA BOSHOKU Earth Charter, we will make collective efforts as a group to contribute to preserving the global environment in order to realise a sustainable society.
Promoting environmental management
The Toyota Boshoku group implements environmental management activities on an ongoing basis that include convening sessions for the environmental committee in respective regions to confirm environmental initiatives, verifying cases of improvement via genchi-genbutsu (Go, see & study) and actively sharing best practices.
Safety / Health / Environment Function Meeting
The Environmental Affairs Committee (Toyota Boshoku) supervises overseas related committees in each region and is responsible for setting the desired direction for the Toyota Boshoku group’s environmental activities (product environmental and production environmental aspects), confirming progress and following up on actions, and holding deliberations.
Status of Activities by Committee
Environmental Affairs Committee (Toyota Boshoku)
We strengthened environmental activities on product environmental and production environmental fronts aimed at achieving the targets of the 2015 Environmental Action Plan. All annual environmental targets were achieved by promoting management of chemical substances in products and initiatives to reduce substances with environmental impact.
Safety & Health and Environmental Committee for Japan affiliates
Persons responsible for promoting environmental activities at each company continued to implement opportunities for mutual learning. We are conducting on-site confirmation and cross-organisational deployment of activities across companies, including cases of exceptional improvement, activities to prevent abnormalities and complaints, and cases of energy conservation.
CSR Committee for North, Central & South America, Environmental Working Group
In addition to continuing “treasure hunting” activities, which involve looking for areas to save energy and making necessary improvements, this region undertakes energy conservation diagnostics and promotes improvement- based activities that focus on items to save energy that do not require investment. In the Mexico region, rainwater was used to water plants and trees, which resulted in a significant reduction in water consumption.
Safety & Health and Environmental Committee for Asia & Oceania
In this region, we are actively working to reduce water consumption, which includes the reuse of wastewater, used for cooling in the production process, in cooling towers, especially in business entities where water consumption is high. We also planted over 3,000 trees in the region in line with proactive efforts aimed at greening activities inside and outside plant premises.
Safety & Health and Environmental Committee for China
In China, we continue to implement appropriate management of chemical substances stipulated by law, further strengthen the reuse of water resources and undertake energy-saving activities based on energy conservation diagnostics. In particular, we pushed ahead with improvement activities offering significant spillover effects since so many regions are faced with severe water-related risks.
Environmental Committee for Europe & Africa
Weekly meetings were held to follow up on the progress of environmental activities at each company to ensure that actions are being implemented smoothly. The committee worked to enhance environmental activities at each company. In addition, tree-planting activities were actively undertaken in each country.
Our business activities and the environment (Resource consumption for business activities and emissions causing environmental impact)
Resource consumption for business activities and emissions causing environmental impact in fiscal 2015
The Toyota Boshoku group's energy usage and CO2 emissions in Scopes 1 and 2 that are reported in Toyota Boshoku Report 2016 have been assured by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd. Please refer to their Independent Assurance Report, which appears on page 60 of Toyota Boshoku Report 2016, for more details.
*1 Direct discharge of greenhouse gas from operators themselves (fuel combustion, industrial processing) / Targeting city gas, LPG, kerosene, heavy oil and light oil in the Toyota Boshoku group
*2 Indirect discharge that comes from electricity, heat and steam supplied from other companies / Targeting electricity in the Toyota Boshoku group
*3 Waste that is recycled for a fee
*4 Pollutant Release and Transfer Register
The Toyota Boshoku group believes that it is important to assess the effectiveness of our investment and cost in terms of environmental preservation in order to improve the efficiency of administration and make rational decisions.
Cost of environmental preservation
In fiscal 2015, the environmental accounting of the Toyota Boshoku group recorded investment of 1,252 million yen, costs of 1,442 million yen and economic effects of 2,673 million yen.
Economic effects of environmental preservation measures
The economic effects of our environmental preservation measures were calculated from three ascertained items that were based on a sound rationale. Deemed effects such as risk avoidance effects are not taken into account.
Material effects of environmental preservation measures
Examples of improvements in waste reductions and reductions in CO2 emissions are provided in this report on pages 55-59.
|Environmental accounting||Toyota Boshoku||Japan affiliates||Regions outside Japan|
|Investment amount||Cost amount||Investment amount||Cost amount||Investment amount||Cost amount|
|Business area cost||Pollution prevention||57||102||37||36||98||85|
|Global environmental conservation||487||137||63||35||412||64|
|Social activity cost||0||15||0||5||0||4|
|Environmental remediation cost||0||52||0||0||0||0|
|Aggregate||Investment amount||1,252||Cost amount||1,442|
* Depreciation and amortisation is not included in the costs.
|Economic effects||Toyota Boshoku||Japan affiliates||Regions outside Japan|
|Cost reduction through energy saving||79||5||192|
|Resource saving & reduction of waste disposal costs||551||57||1,238|
|Profit on sale of recycled materials||179||1||371|
|Material effects||Toyota Boshoku||Japan affiliates||Regions outside Japan|
|Material effects||Toyota Boshoku||Japan affiliates||Regions outside Japan|
ISO 14001 acquisition status
The Toyota Boshoku group has established independent rules related to the acquisition and operation of ISO 14001 and has completed acquisition and renewal of certification as planned centred on efforts by the group’s respective Regional Management & Collaboration Hubs (RM&CH).
Boshoku Automotive (Thailand) acquired certification in fiscal 2015.
Audits were carried out by a certification body in each country and region in a systematic manner in fiscal 2015 as well, with all plants subject to the audit evaluated as having zero non-conformance items and operating all required ISO 14001 items appropriately.
Environmental risk management
In the Toyota Boshoku group to prevent environmental accidents and pollution, we conduct environmental risk management based on voluntary standards that are stricter than regulations require. In addition, we prevent environmental risks from manifesting by making a map of these risks assumed inside and outside plant premises and conducting rigorous patrols.
Toyota Boshoku group Global Awards “Environmental Award”
The Toyota Boshoku group presents awards to business sites and plants that have carried out exceptional environmental activities and achieved results in respective categories, including safety, the environment and quality. The following companies and plants were presented with the Environmental Award for fiscal 2015 for their efforts in promoting exceptional environmental activities.
Candidates for the Environmental Award are selected based on evaluations of environmental performance, environmental activities and secretariat activities, and from fiscal 2015, on-site audits. In fiscal 2015, Toyota Boshoku Shiga won the Platinum Award.
In addition to continuing to implement environmental initiatives, in fiscal 2015 as well as in fiscal 2014 Toyota Boshoku Shiga undertook high-level environmental activities that included contributing to an enhanced environmental image on the part of the Toyota Boshoku group. This was achieved, for example, by participating in a symposium run by The shiga economic and industrial association.
- Platinum Award*
- Toyota Boshoku Shiga
- Silver Award
Guangzhou Intex Auto Parts
Toyota Boshoku Sanage Plant
- Bronze Award
Toyota Boshoku Hanoi
Toyota Boshoku Kyushu
Toyota Boshoku Tohoku
*Award given to sites that have won the Gold Award for three consecutive years (one Silver Award permitted)
Environmental education and awareness raising
The Toyota Boshoku group undertakes systematic environmental education through training for new hires, general training and training by job classification and workplace.
The Toyota Boshoku group works as one to implement environmental enlightenment activities every year during Environment Month in June and Energy Conservation Awareness Month in February. In the Japan region, we invited Mr. Keiji Nemoto, General Manager of the Environmental Affairs Division at Toyota Motor Corporation, to give a lecture on Toyota’s environmental initiatives and future vision during Environment Month. During Energy Conservation Awareness Month, we invited Ms. Masako Konishi, Deputy Director, Conservation Climate & Energy Project Leader, WWF Japan to talk about the latest international trends, centred on the Paris Agreement ratified at COP21 in 2015.
TOPICSEnvironmental communication ~Provided environmental education to local children~
Starting in fiscal 2013, Toyota Boshoku members are now in their third year of undertaking initiatives to convey the importance of the environment to local children. In fiscal 2015, we provided a programme on environmental protection that prompts children to think and act in a more environmentally friendly way.
The programme was designed for easy child participation by being based on the speed of learning typical of fifth grade students and the content of their textbooks with regard to the environment and the local community. Some of the children commented that they now understood the importance of the environment and others said that they now realised there were places lacking in water. Some students also asked about Toyota Boshoku’s environmental activities. To this end, the programme served to increase awareness of the importance of environmental protection while also stimulating interest in the environmental activities being undertaken by Toyota Boshoku.
Going forward, the Toyota Boshoku group will further strengthen its ties with the community through environmental education for local children and contribute to increasing awareness toward the environment among children, the leaders of the next generation.
TOPICSImplementing activities worldwide during Environment Month and Energy Conservation Awareness Month
The Toyota Boshoku group carried out a variety of events during Environment Month and Energy Conservation Awareness Month befitting the culture and circumstances of each country so that people start to think in a fun way about the environment. The scope of the activities has been expanded to include not only company members but also their families, which helped raise environmental awareness while having fun at the same time.