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Report on Environmental Activities

FY2020 TOPICS

Won the 2019 R&D 100 Award sponsored by R&D World Magazine.

The High Impact Polymer Resin that possesses world-class performance and was jointly developed by Toyota Boshoku and Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc. has been named a winner of the 2019 R&D 100 Awards sponsored by R&D World Magazine.
The High Impact Polymer Resin is made by combining at the nanometer level polyamide 11 (PA11), a 100% inedible plant-derived resin, and the petroleum-derived resin polypropylene (PP). This results in outstanding academic properties, such as the achievement of approximately ten times the impact strength of PP. Furthermore, when commercialising door trims that use the High Impact Polymer Resin, we succeeded in developing a door trim foam material that is approximately 20% lighter than conventional products. In 2018, we were highly evaluated for mass production of the Toyota Crown using the High Impact Polymer Resin.

Selected as an A-List company, the highest rating for CDP Water Security

For the first time ever, Toyota Boshoku was selected as an A-List company in the CDP 2019 Water Security category in a survey undertaken by CDP. With the formulation of the 2050 Environmental Vision, we set one of our challenges to use recycled water in production processes and eliminate all wastewater, and continue to hold activities based on the 2020 Environmental Action Plan. Our initiatives for water resources include continuing to meet annual targets related to water resources and implementing a governance system for water resources, and we were evaluated as comprehensively outstanding by the CDP.

Support for TCFD and future measures for climate change

Toyota Boshoku endorsed and signed the final recommendation of the TCFD*1 established by the Financial Stability Board. Until now, we have implemented climate change measures such as reducing CO2 emissions and introducing renewable energy. We will further strengthen these activities, formulate an environmental action plan that will serve as the next Mid-term Business Implementation Plan, and clarify the milestones leading to the achievement of the 2050 Environmental Vision.

*1 TCFD : Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures

Fiscal 2020 Results (2020 Environmental Vision)

[Boundary of reporting]

  • Toyota Boshoku: Global Mainstay Hub, plants and offices in Japan (17 plants)
  • Japan affiliates: Production entities (9 companies), others (6 companies)
  • The Americas region: Regional Management & Collaboration Hub (1 company), production sites (10 companies)
  • Asia & Oceania region: Regional Management & Collaboration Hub (1 company), production sites (11 companies)
  • China region: Regional Management & Collaboration Hub (1 company), production sites (11 companies)
  • Europe & Africa region: Regional Management & Collaboration Hub (1 company), production sites (8 companies)

Establishment of Low Carbon Society

From the 2020 Environmental Action Plan, the Toyota Boshoku group used production volume instead of sales, which is susceptible to external factors, for the denominator of intensity performance metrics used to manage the action items 1-7 so that improvements are more accurately measured. Likewise, the calculation method for CO2 emissions from logistics (item 8) will be revised in order to measure the improvement more accurately.

(Assessment : Achieved、x:Not achieved)
Action item Specific action FY2020 targets FY2020 results Evaluation
Production 1 Promote the development of innovative production engineering with low CO2 emissions
  • Reduce CO2 emissions from new processes by 30%, promote the development of innovative production engineering
  • Propose specific development items to achieve the CO2 reduction target value by 2030 in production engineering and development
  • In pursuit of CO2 reduction targets to be achieved by 2030 in production engineering and development, the Toyota Boshoku group defined an outlook through measures such as proposing specific development items and developing common items such as airless products
  • Downsize processes, reduce transfer distance and reduce the number of cylinders and components as part of efforts to ensure compact design
  • Reduce the amount of energy used through the development of next generation moulding, decoration & assembly methods
  • Promote the reduction of CO2 emissions through the introduction of co-generation equipment
  • Continue to review new introduction studies, and to review further increases in efficiency and improvements at existing facilities
  • Reviewed the introduction of new measures and increased efficiency through measures such as optimal operation at the Sanage Plant and Gifu Plant
2 Promote the use of renewable energy suitable for individual countries and regions
  • Expand the areas to introduce renewable energies, considering the characteristics of inrespective countries and regions (Economic efficiency/Reduction of CO2 emissions)
  • Promote systematic introduction globally and formulate plans to achieve targets by 2030
  • Systematically implemented measures in Japan, Thailand, and China, formulated a renewable energy strategy on a global scale, and implemented an outlook for achieving targets
3 Study the possibility of utilising next generation energy within the company, and define the mid- to long-term outlook for the utilisation of such energy
  • Study the possibility of utilising next generation energy for processes and motors, and clarify the outlook for the utilisation of such energy
  • Continue to survey trends in next-generation energies such as hydrogen and formulate a medium- to long-term roadmap
  • Formulated a concrete implementation plan, including continuous verification for the feasibility of next-generation energy trends and usage, and introduction of renewable energy
4 Minimise the CO2 emissions in daily production activities
  • Thoroughly eliminate waste in energy use through the pursuit of improved productivity and Just in time activities
  • Propose medium- to long-term plans leading to 2030 and implement those plans in the company.
  • Formulated a 2030 CO2 reduction scenario for each business entity; formulated targets for implementation rate and concrete implementation plans by holding education in all regions for global expansion and entrenchment of activities, and by mapping 40 items prioritized for completion
  • Reduce CO2 by completing investment zero items decisively, and promote and maintain the activity
  • Actively replace low-efficiency equipment with high-efficiency equipment
  • Promote the understanding and reduction of the energy basic unit for products & processes
  • Implement measures based on the medium- to long-term plans and review the structure of methods, etc.
  • Completed the formulation of a management system to promote KPI activities for individual processes and reduce energy consumption
Product 5 Product development that contributes to top-level fuel efficiency
  • Reduced product weight (Seat, interior, filter/power train)
  • Heat management (Reduced air-conditioning load through the development of heat insulation materials)
<Commercialisation>
  • Next-generation frame products for rear seats
  • High-strength round recliner
  • Cylinder head cover for TNGA*2
  • Commercialised TNGA frames for rear seats
  • Commercialised manual high-strength round recliners
  • Commercialised TNGA cylinder head covers
6 Promote product development to support next generation automobiles
  • Development of high efficiency technology for filters and power trains => Increase the mass production of HV motor components and FC components
<Commercialisation>
  • Production preparation for HV (Hybrid Vehicle) motors
  • Production preparation for FC (Fuel Cell) components
  • Expanded mass production of hybrid motor components
7 Expand development and commercialisation of products using plant-derived materials
  • Utilisation of plant-derived materials for automotive parts
<Commercialisation>
  • Continue adoption activities
  • Completed one project for product development of kenaf material
Logistics 8 Reduce CO2 emissions through the pursuit of efficient logistics activities
  • Reduce the CO2 emissions through improved transportation efficiency and further improvement of activities with low fuel efficiency
Target: 8,449 t-CO2
  • Increase the loading rate
  • Review transportation routes
  • Utilise modal shifts
  • Reduce emissions by reviewing the vehicle class
    *Transition to integrated management by incorporating route management in the Production Control Division
Results: 7,563 t-CO2
  1. 1) Increased the loading rate
  2. 2) Reviewed transportation routes
  3. 3) Utilised modal shifts
  4. 4) Reduced emissions by reviewing the vehicle class
    *Transition to integrated management by incorporating route management in the Production Control Division
[Targets regarding 1~8]
Region Base year Unit 2020 targets FY2020 targets FY2020 results Evaluation
Production Toyota Boshoku group FY2011 Basic unit: t-CO2 / 1,000 unit Reduce 15% 41.8 39.7
  Toyota Boshoku
(non-consolidated)
FY2009 Basic unit: t-CO2 / 1,000 unit Reduce 17% 17.9 15.8
FY2009 Emission: t-CO2 Reduce 17% 57,435 51,625*3
Logistics Toyota Boshoku
(non-consolidated)
FY2011 Emission: t-CO2 Reduce 10% 8,449 7,563
  • *2 TNGA: Toyota's policy for creating new vehicles that simultaneously achieve dramatic increases in product appeal and reductions in cost. Abbreviation for “Toyota New Global Architecture.”
  • *3 Emissions excluding the effects of co-generation in reducing CO2 totaled 57,025t-CO2.

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Establishment of Recycling-based Society

From the 2020 Environmental Action Plan, the Toyota Boshoku group used production volume instead of sales, which is susceptible to external factors, for the denominator of intensity performance metrics used to manage the action items 11 so that improvements are more accurately measured.

Action item Specific action FY2020 targets FY2020 results Evaluation
Production 9 Reduce the amount of water used in production activities and wastewater
  • Promote innovative activities including line modification with downsizing
    (Development of processes with minimum water consumption)
  • Continue promoting water usage reduction activities in consideration of the water situation in respective countries and regions
    ・Reduce the water consumption by eliminating waste and increasing efficiency
    ・Reduce the amount of water used by recycling
Promote activities to reduce water usage through daily improvement activities that consider the water conditions in each country and region
  • Reuse process wastewater and rainwater depending on usage
  • Change and increase the efficiency of use for processes which have a high rate of water usage
  • Implement thorough daily management by installing a flow meter in each channel
  • Japan: Achieved zero wastewater by constructing a recycling system for septic tank treated water
  • The Americas : Used rainwater for water jets in plants
  • Europe/Africa: Reused treated wastewater as water for flushing toilets
  • Asia/Oceania: Saved water by installing pure water production equipment with high purification performance
  • China: Improved recovery rate of treated water by clarifying the replacement frequency of RO membranes*4 at wastewater treatment plants
Logistics 10 Reduce the use of fossil fuel resources through the utilisation of plant-derived materials
  • Promote the use of recycled materials & drive further recycling
  • Review new development issues
  • Continued to utilise kenaf scraps
  • Promote the development & design enabling effective use of resources through the further utilisation of plant-derived materials
<Utilise plant-based materials>
  • Confirm the CO2 reduction effect of existing biomass and plant-derived resin, and clarify reduction measures
  • Confirmed CO2 emission reduction effect, material properties, and issues when combining plant-derived PE*5 and plant-derived PA11*6
Production 11 Reduce the amount of waste generated in production activities and promote the effective use of resources
  • Development production engineering to reduce waste
  • Promote to minimise waste through daily Kaizen activities
  • Promote the production of RSPP*7 effectively utilising resources (waste)
  • Reduce waste through daily improvement activities
    -Promote reduction activities through measures for the generation source; for example, increase yield, etc.
    -Promote resource loss reduction activities (separating, recycling)
  • Promote RSPP production through effective utilisation of resources (waste)
  • Japan: Reduced sludge by increasing the amount of paint residue collected
  • The Americas: Recycled by sorting defective door ornaments
  • Europe/Africa: Reused waste material from seat covers
  • Asia/Oceania: Recycled by separating defect cylinder head covers
  • China: Crushed defective air cleaners and reused them in products
Logistics 12 Reduce the amount of packaging materials used in logistics activities and effective use of resources
  • Promote the use of returnable containers and lighter-weight packaging materials. Further promote the reduction of packaging materials used
  • Reduce usage amount by reviewing packaging mode
  • Reduced weight by switching from cardboard to reinforced pulp (decorative box); reduced usage amount and weight by revising packaging mode; for example, switching from cardboard + PE bags to bubble wrap, etc.
[Targets regarding 11·12]
Region Base year Unit 2020 targets FY2020 targets FY2020 results Evaluation
Waste emissions Japan Region FY2011 Basic unit: t / 1,000 units Reduce 10% 1.66 1.46
  Toyota Boshoku
(non-consolidated)
FY2009 Basic unit: t / 1,000 units Reduce 12% 1.83 1.07
Zero direct landfill waste*8 Maintain zero direct landfill waste
Packing and packaging material usage Toyota Boshoku
(non-consolidated)
FY2009 Usage: t Reduce 12% 2,434 2,241
  • *4 A system to purify water using Reverse Osmosis
  • *5 Polyethylene (a kind of resin)
  • *6 Polyamide 11 (a kind of resin)
  • *7 Recycled Sound-Proofing Products: A sound-proofing material for vehicles made from separated and recycled urethane and fibers from vehicle shredder dust
  • *8 Definition of zero direct lanfill waste: Rate of direct landfill waste is less than 1%

Establishment of Symbiotic Society

Action item Specific action FY2020 targets FY2020 results Evaluation
General 13 Promote the environmental social contribution programmes through forest-creating activities / forest conservation activities
  • Promote strengthening of forest-creating and greening activities through social contribution activities [Tree planting number 170K trees (Cumulative No.: 500K trees)]
  • Promote forestation activities in collaboration with NPOs
  • Promote the awareness-raising activities and education for “forest & nature conservation”
  1. 1. Global Tree-Planting Activities
    1) Conclude agreements with NGOs and implement *China, Asia, Oceania and South America
    2) Tree-planting: 54,000 trees
  1. 1. Global Tree-Planting Activities
    1) Entered into agreements with NGOS/started planting trees
    2) Number of trees planted
    Single year: 54,766
    Cumulative: 475,082
  1. 2. Promote activities to create forests in Japan
    1) Forest maintenance: 12 times
    2) Tree-planting: 300 trees
  2. 3. All Toyota Harmony with Nature Working Group
    1) Participate/cooperate with events: 4 times
    2) Prepare and distribute information on group activities
  1. 2. Conducted forest development activities in Japan
    1) Forest maintenance: 11 times (cancelled once due to typhoon)
    2) Number of trees planted: 367
  2. 3. All Toyota Harmony with Nature Working Group
    1) Participated and cooperated in activities: 3 times
    (Cancelled once due to COVID-19)
    2) Spread and disseminated information on group activities

Environmental Management

Action item Specific action FY2020 targets FY2020 results Evaluation
General 14 Promote the reinforcement of the consolidated environmental management
  • Build the structure to promote 2050 Environmental Vision and develop a scenario/road map to achieve the targets
  • Toward 2050, promote the development of products, materials and methods and clarify the outlook for such development
  • Formulate a mid- to long-term plan to achieve the 2050 Environmental Vision (Set a concrete action plan and reduction targets, etc.)
  • With an aim to achieving our 2050 Vision, completed a timetable for global development and implementation of the 2030 scenario of our mid-term policy
  • Strengthen the environmental burden reduction activities through the enhancement of the activities of the environmental committee
  • Conduct mutual audits and implement best practices across the organisation to prevent abnormalities and complaints*9
  • Abnormity: 1
x
  • Further promote continuous improvement through the enhanced operations of the environmental management system
  • Acquired 2015 ISO14001 certification newly
  • Toyota Boshoku Europe: Acquired 2015 ISO14001 certification
15 Strengthen the chemical substance management system
  • Expand and strengthen the control of chemical substances contained in products
  • Promote the replacement with substances with less environmental burden through the development of alternative technologies
  • Establish a control structure for processed chemicals including raw materials and indirect materials
<Reduce use of 4 phthalate plasticisers to zero>
  • Promote switching based on plans
<Reduced the use of phthalate plasticiser*10 4 substances to zero>
  • Set a timetable for alternative valuation of target parts
16 Reduce VOC*11 emissions from production activities
  • Promote continuous reduction of VOC emissions through daily improvement activities
  • Reduce the amount of waste chemical substances through the introduction of VOC treatment equipment and the development of processing methods
  • Promote reduction of VOC emissions through daily Kaizen activities
    - Enhance coating efficiency by optimising coating conditions
    - Switch to products containing minimal VOCs and water-based solvents
  • Enhanced coating efficiency by optimising coating conditions
  • Switched to low-content products and aqueous solvents
  • Increased reuse amount by optimising reuse conditions
Region Base year Unit 2020 targets FY2020 targets FY2020 results Evaluation
Toyota Boshoku
(non-consolidated)
FY2011 Emission: t Reduce 10% 515 442
17 Promote environmental activities in collaboration with business partners (suppliers)
  • Strengthen the cooperation with suppliers to promote environmental activities
  • Promote collaboration to establish a structure to work on climate change, water scarcity, resource recycling and environmental symbiosis
  • Supplier CSR Self-Assessment (environmental initiative) Evaluation: 2 points or higher
  • Evaluation: 3.3 points (average)
18 Promote the environmental management in product development
  • Establish a target management system of life cycle and promote the environmental burden reduction activities in the development & design phases
  • Continue to realise results in product development for each component field toward 2040 targets
  • Accumulated effects in each parts field and completed the organisation of themes
19 Strengthen environmental education to pass the environmental conservation activities on to future generations
  • Organise “Environmental seminars” in collaboration with NPO to spread the activities
  • Conduct environmental seminars in conjunction with region and NPOs
  • Conducted an environmental tour for local residents in collaboration with Toyota City
  • Continue to provide visiting education programmes (Tailored education programmes to meet the demand of local schools)
  • Provide visiting education programmes on the environment (2 schools)
  • Provided visiting environmental education programs (2 schools)
    [Topics: Global warming, water, resources, etc.]
20 Enhance communication with stakeholders through active disclosure of environmental information
  • Communicate activity information to all the company members through internal newsletters/briefing sessions
  • Further enhance the provision of environmental information through Toyota Boshoku Report and other means
  • Continuously introduce environmental activities through Toyota Boshoku Report, exhibitions, internal newsletter, etc.
  • Continuously introduced environmental initiatives through the Toyota Boshoku Report, exhibitions, in-house journal, etc.
  • Held environmental lectures and strengthened activities during Environmental Awareness Month and Energy Saving Awareness Month
  • Disclose information to the environmental assessment agency proactively and enhance communication activities
  • Disclose information in line with plan
  • Endorsed the TCFD, participated in “Challenge Zero (Challenge Net Zero Carbon Innovation)”held by Keidanren(Japan Business Federation).
  • *9 Abnormalities: In case oil, etc., has leaked into a public waterway at a level that exceeds legal, bylaw and agreement standard values
    Complaints: In case of contact from a local citizen, government, etc., alleging physical damage or psychological effects on account of the company
  • *10 Refers to four types of phthalates restricted by the European REACH Directive (BBP, DEHP, DBP, DIBP)
    Mainly used as plasticizers added to provide elasticity to PVC, rubber, etc.
  • *11 VOC: Volatile Organic Compounds (covers 100 substances designated by Japan's Ministry of the Environment)