Report on Environmental Activities
Aiming for a Sustainable Global Environment for Our Children
The Toyota Boshoku group recently formulated its 2050 Environmental Vision based on the belief that it is necessary to take a long-term perspective toward environmental issues and tackle them at an even higher level. The vision establishes six Stretch Environmental Goals to be realised by 2050, including the challenge of achieving zero CO2 emissions in business activities. At the same time, we have initiated new activities in line with our 2020 Environmental Action Plan, which is a medium-term plan of action aimed at realising the vision.
Humankind is currently facing numerous environmental challenges including climate change, water scarcity, resource depletion and a biodiversity crisis. In particular, global warming has reached a critical level. In light of these issues, the international accord concerning climate change known as the Paris Agreement was adopted at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in December 2015 aimed at keeping the global average temperature increase to well below 2℃ and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels. The agreement included the target of zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to human activity in the second half of this century and monitoring the global situation and revising targets every five years. In response to this, the Toyota Boshoku group will set very challenging targets under the 2050 Environmental Vision and continue to revise our action plan every five years.
The Toyota Boshoku group will work together with all stakeholders with the aim of creating a sustainable global environment where children can lead their lives with a smile.
Formulated 2020 Environmental Action Plan Based on the 2050 Environmental Vision
2050 Environmental Vision
We will work together with all stakeholders with the aim of creating a sustainable global environment where children can lead their lives with a smile.
|2050 Environmental Vision
(6 Stretch Environmental Goals)
|Action items for 2020 Environmental Action Plan|
|Establishment of Low Carbon Society (Climate Change, CO2)||
1 Challenge of achieving zero CO2 emissions in the Toyota Boshoku group
The Toyota Boshoku group will take on the challenge of “achieving zero CO2 emissions from all of our plants by 2050.” We will strive to reduce CO2 emissions significantly through the development of innovative production technology, the development of products and material engineering, the improvement of plants and the utilisation of renewable / next generation energy.
2 Challenge of achieving zero CO2 emissions in the product life cycle
Instead of focusing only on the reduction of CO2 emissions during our auto parts production process, Toyota Boshoku will take on the challenge of “achieving zero CO2 emissions” in all stages of product life cycle from production to use, disposal and recycling of products.
|1 Promote the development of innovative production technology with low CO2 emissions|
|2 Promote the use of renewable energy suitable for individual countries and regions|
|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|
|4 Minimise the CO2 emissions in daily production activities|
|5 Product development that contributes to top-level fuel efficiency|
|6 Promote product development to support next generation automobiles|
|7 Develop and commercialise products using plant-derived materials|
|8 Reduce CO2 emissions through the pursuit of efficient logistics activities|
|Establishment of Recycling-based Society (Water & Resources)||
3 Challenge of achieving zero wastewater in the Toyota Boshoku group production processes by water recycling
The Toyota Boshoku group currently uses water in product cleaning and painting processes. Moving forward, we will take on the challenge of “achieving zero wastewater in the Toyota Boshoku group production processes by water recycling” through the establishment of a circulation system by replacing the existing processes with water-less process, purifying and recycling wastewater as well as using rainwater.
|9 Reduce the amount of water used in production activities and wastewater|
4 Challenge of minimising natural resources usage
The Toyota Boshoku group will take on the challenge of “minimising natural resources usage” through the promotion of readily disassemblable and recyclable design, the development of recycling technologies to realise a material cycle and the replacement of materials with a wider range of plant-derived materials.
|10 Reduce the use of fossil fuel resources through the utilisation of plant-derived raw materials|
5 Challenge of minimising wastes produced by the Toyota Boshoku group
The Toyota Boshoku group will take on the challenge of “minimising wastes produced by the Toyota Boshoku group” and embarking on various efforts including the design and method development enabling efficient use of resources, the development of recycling technologies and 100% material recycling (to make parts from parts).
|11 Reduce the amount of waste generated in production activities and promote the effective use of resources|
|12 Reduce the amount of packaging materials used in logistics activities and effective use of resources|
|Establishment of Symbiotic Society (Biodiversity)||
6 Challenge of planting 1.32 million trees as part of reforestation activities
Toyota Boshoku will take on the challenge of “planting 1.32 million trees as part of reforestation activities” by harnessing its group network to contribute to the habitat conservation for endemic species in individual regions and countries, the protection of forests and the restoration of abundant habitats.
|13 Promote environmental social contribution programmes through forest-creating activities / forest conservation activities|
|Management||Management||14 Promote the reinforcement of the consolidated environmental management|
|15 Strengthen the chemical substance management system|
|16 Reduce the VOC* emissions from production activities|
|17 Promote environmental activities in collaboration with business partners (suppliers)|
|18 Promote environmental management in product development|
|19 Strengthen environmental education to pass the environmental conservation activities on to future generations|
|20 Enhance communication with stakeholders through active disclosure of environmental information|
From the 2020 Environmental Action Plan, the Toyota Boshoku group will use 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 and 11 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.
* Volatile Organic Compounds (covers 100 substances designated by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment)