Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan. In March 2014, the multinational corporation consisted of 338,875 employees worldwide and, as of November 2014, is the eleventh-largest company in the world by revenue. Toyota was the largest automobile manufacturer in 2012 (by production) ahead of the Volkswagen Group and General Motors.
A Green Planet. Since its foundation, Toyota has been using its Guiding Principles to produce reliable vehicles and sustainable development of society by employing innovative and high quality products and services.
The Sixth Toyota Environmental Action Plan
This plan includes the activities to be implemented in FY2016–2020 in order to meet the six challenges in the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 are outlined in the Sixth Toyota Environmental Action Plan.
In formulating the plan, Toyota categorized the environmental activities according to the three priority themes of the Fifth Plan:
- Contribution to a low-carbon society,
- contribution to a recycling-based society,
- and environmental protection and contribution to a harmony with nature society.
Embracing these three themes, Toyota will contribute to the sustainable development of society and the planet by ensuring harmony with the global environment in its monozukuri (manufacturing), kurumazukuri (car-making) and delivery of products and services.
Basic Approach to a Recycling-based Society
The Earth’s resources are limited, yet consumption continues to grow as populations increase, emerging nations grow economically and living standards improve.
Of the mineral resources required to produce industrial products, there are concerns in particular about the potential near-future depletion of some of the unevenly distributed rare metals and other resources essential for the production of auto parts, with price volatility linked to social trends.
Additionally, the increasing production of agricultural produce accompanying population growth is driving up water usage, which some say is the number one strategic resource of the twenty-first century.
In emerging nations, population growth in particular is causing shortages of safe water supplies. The other side of the resources problem is the issue of waste. Proceeding with source reduction measures to make more effective use of resources can reduce waste. Currently however, there is a shortage of treatment plants, while illegal dumping, transboundary movement of hazardous waste and other issues are occurring, and countries around the world are therefore facing a range of problems. Various initiatives are required to solve this waste problem, including the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle).
Basic Approach to a Low Carbon Society
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its latest Fifth Assessment Report in installments between September 2013 and April 2014, covering scientific assessments, climate change-related impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, and measures to mitigate climate change.
Climate change also increases the occurrence of droughts and it impacts biological diversity and agricultural production. To prevent this situation, the entire world must commit to building a low carbon society with a lower level of CO2 emissions.
Toyota is taking action to reduce further global warming as a top priority management issue, and is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at all stages of the vehicle lifecycle, including development, design, production, logistics, and sales, as well as in all of Toyota’s business areas.