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TOYOTA ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE 2050

TOYOTA ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE 2050
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TOYOTA ΕΛΛΑΣ ΑΒΕΕ

TOYOTA Hellas S.A. is member of Inchcape Plc Group, the global industry leader in the premium automotive Distribution and Retail sectors. It represents TOYOTA Motor Corporation products in Greece under the brand names of TOYOTA and LEXUS. It was founded in 1986 and its evolution has been highlighted by a series of innovations that have established the company as the market leader earning the Greek customers’ trust and appreciation.

At TOYOTA Hellas our vision is "To be the most trusted Automotive Distributor and Retailer in the world" and our immediate priority is to provide our customers with excellent service and unique experience.



Objective Action

Toyota formulated the Toyota Earth Charter as a policy for environmental initiatives based on the Guiding Principles at Toyota to contribute to the sustainable development of society and the earth through its corporate activities. In addition, the Toyota Global Vision announced in 2011 emphasizes the importance of “Respect for the Planet” and positions the environment as one of its  values that Toyota provides to society.

1. Contribute toward a prosperous 21st century society.

Aim for growth that is in harmony with the environment and set as a challenge the achievement of zero emissions throughout all areas of business activities.

2. Pursue all possible environmental technologies.

Developing and establishing new technologies to enable the environment and economy to coexist harmoniously.

3. Develop a voluntary improvement plan.

Based on thorough preventive measures and compliance with laws, which addresses environmental issues on the global, national and regional scales and undertake continuous implementation.

4. Build close and cooperative relationships.

With a wide spectrum of individuals and organizations involved in environmental preservation, including governments, local municipalities, affiliated companies and industries.

 

Target Audience

  1. Global society
  2. Local communities
  3. Shareholders
  4. Employees
  5. Business partners  (suppliers, distributors & dealers)
  6. Customers

everywhere that Toyota is present all over the World.

 

Duration

Ongoing since 2015 when TOYOTA ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE 2050 was introduced...  


Description

Announced in 2015, TOYOTA’s global Environmental Challenge 2050 comprises six challenges. They cover every aspect of business, exploration of new products and technologies, and its role as an enabler for individuals and communities to learn about and improve the natural world around them.

Toyota has been continuously following public opinions and trends and considering what issues should be focused and working on environmental areas with new ideas and technologies in anticipation of future aspects. However, there are still many global environmental issues to be addressed including climate change, water shortages, resource depletion and loss of biodiversity.

As TOYOTA announced the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 in October 2015 each one of us can face these issues and continue to tackle challenges from a long-term perspective of the world 20 and 30 years ahead.

 

A. Achieve Zero CO2 Emissions

Challenge 1: New Vehicle Zero CO2 Emissions

Reduce global average CO2 emissions from new vehicles by 90 percent compared to Toyota’s 2010 levels by 2050.

Cars that use cleaner, alternative fuels can only have an impact when the public takes them up in large numbers. Part of Toyota’s New Vehicle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge therefore involves working with the public to make new generation electrified vehicles more widely available.  They also be encouraging development of the necessary infrastructure – such as filling stations and charging points – to support their use.

In order to achieve the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, in 2018 we set the 2030 Milestone and set the 2025 Target in 2020. TOYOTA will take concrete action under these short- to medium-term measures, contributing to the realization of a sustainable society.

Challenge 2: Plant Zero CO2 Emissions

Achieve zero CO2 emissions at global plants by 2050.  

Reduce CO2 emissions from global plants by 35 percent compared to 2013 levels Toyota’s Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge includes rationalizing manufacturing processes, making them shorter so that less CO2 is produced. They make entire  facilities more energy-efficient and adopt renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, and low-carbon power, such as hydrogen energy.

Challenge 3: Life Cycle Zero CO2 Emissions

Completely eliminate all CO2 emissions throughout the entire vehicle life cycle.

To achieve the objectives of Life Cycle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge Toyota is working on more environmentally friendly vehicle designs that use raw materials with lower amounts of carbon. They are designing vehicles with fewer parts too, and they are making greater use of biomaterials from renewable sources while making new vehicles easier to dismantle and recycle.

Reduce CO2 emissions by 25 percent or more throughout the entire vehicle life cycle compared to 2013 levels by promoting activities for the milestones of New Vehicle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge and Plant Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge, and with support from stakeholders such as suppliers, energy providers, infrastructure developers, governments and customers.

 

B. Achieve a net positive environmental impact

Challenge 4: Minimizing and Optimizing Water Usage

Minimize water usage and implement water discharge management according to individual local conditions. Implement measures, on a priority basis, in the regions where the water environment is considered to have a large impact. Water quantity and Water quality are the two main areas for this challenge. Complete impact assessments and measures at all the 22 plants where used. Disclose information appropriately and communicate actively with local communities and suppliers.

Toyota is implementing a few actions to minimize and optimize water usage at manufacturing sites. They are collecting rainwater to reduce the amount which factories must take from ground water or the piped supply. Also, they have also developed purification methods so that the water use can be used again, or returned safely into the local supply network.

Challenge 5: Establishing a Recycling-based Society and Systems

Promote global deployment of End-of-life vehicle treatment and recycling technologies and systems developed in Japan.

To help build an ideal resource/recycling-based society, Toyota is working in four key areas: making greater use of eco-friendly materials - designing and using longer-lasting parts - developing more effective and thorough recycling technologies - and using more of the materials recovered when a vehicle is disposed of to make new ones.

Challenge 6: Establishing a Future Society in Harmony with Nature

Connect nature conservation activities beyond the Toyota Group and its business partners among communities, with the world, to the future. They run numerous small and large projects throughout the world to support the target of establishing a future society in harmony with nature. They include organizing reforestation and tree planting, green urban schemes and other environmental initiatives at their own sites and externally based in collaboration with local communities and companies. Contribute to biodiversity conservation activities in collaboration with NGOs and others. Expand initiatives both in-house and outside to foster environmentally conscious persons responsible for the future.


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Impact on Society

YEAR 2020 Initiatives and Results:

Challenge 1: New Vehicle Zero CO2 Emissions

Sold 1.92 million hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), achieving the annual sales target of 1.5 million units ahead of schedule.
Reached cumulative sales of 15.01 million units, achieving the target of 15 million units ahead of schedule.
Reduced global average CO2 emissions from new vehicles by 22 percent compared to 2010 levels by improving environmental performance and expanding vehicle lineups
The Lexus UX 300e, the first Lexus battery electric vehicle (BEV) production model, made its world premiere at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition. The second generation Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) launched in 2020.

Challenge 2: Plant Zero CO2 Emissions

Introduced innovative technologies including a new type of paint atomizer (airless paint atomizer) that uses static electricity and promoted energy-saving through daily kaizen.
Global CO2 emissions was 5.68 million tons (down 5.8 percent compared to 2013 levels).
Achieved a 11.5 percent renewable electricity introduction rate for renewable electricity (100 percent introduction rate achieved at all plants in Europe,  as well as on the Mirai FCEV production line in Japan).
Started various verification tests to support the utilization of hydrogen (fuel cell (FC) generator and electrolysis-based machine for hydrogen generation and filling).

Expanded reduction effects globally through measures especially on adoption of steam less and airless processes and on a shift to LED lighting, as well as best practices in daily kaizen.

Challenge 3: Life Cycle Zero CO2 Emissions

Steadily promoted life cycle CO2 emissions reduction by environmental management for product development after 2005.
Conducted life cycle CO2 assessment for four vehicle models and achieved CO2 emission levels equivalent to or lower than those of reference vehicles
Achieved 100 percent renewable electricity introduction rate at all R&D centers.

Reduced CO2 emissions through steady kaizen activities (loading efficiency improvement, shortening of logistics routes and modal shifts) in the area of logistics.

Challenge 4: Minimizing and Optimizing Water Usage

Comprehensively introduced reduction technologies and undertook daily water-saving efforts, such as water recycling and reducing the amount of steam used in painting processes decreasing Toyota’s water usage per vehicle produced (at vehicle plants) by 35 percent compared to FY2002 levels.
In progress to reducing water usage per vehicle produced at a pace above target (down 5.0 percent compared to 2013 levels).
Regarding water quality, globally assessed the impact of plant wastewater that is discharged directly into rivers and managed water quality under internal standards that are stricter than regulatory standards.

Challenge 5: Establishing a Recycling-based Society and Systems

Established an organization for promoting the 3R (Rebuilt, Reuse and Recycle) for onboard batteries in four regions (U.S., Europe, China and Asia), in particular, completed establishment of a system for HEV battery collection and recycling.

Under the Toyota Global 100 Dismantlers Project, fully prepared for setting up model facilities for appropriate treatment of End-of-life vehicles in Belgium and Malaysia.
Also, prepared a video manual on removal of hydrogen gas from FCEVs.
To further promote plastic recycling, expanded use of recycled plastic first in Europe, where the recycled plastic market is large.

Challenge 6: Establishing a Future Society in Harmony with Nature

Implemented wildlife habitat maintenance and improvement measures at the Tsutsumi, Teiho and other plants and conducted indicator species surveys to confirm the effects. Conducted 800 harmony with nature activities ,with the participation of more than 160,000 people over four years in collaboration with the Toyota Group companies and other affiliated companies.
Continuously supported the assessment of endangered species (cumulative total of 21,341 species over four years) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) supported 26 projects by NPOs under the Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program.
Under the Toyota Green Wave Project, conducted training for employees who carry out Plant in Harmony with Nature initiatives in collaboration with NGOs.
Under the Toyota Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Project, conducted tree-planting activities at the Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park with the participation of 112 persons including employees and members of the All-Toyota Harmony with Nature Working Group.



Initiative Location

  • Global (Toyota Motor Corporation - TMC
  • Regional (Toyota Motor Europe - TME)
  • Local (country National Markateing & Sales Companies - NMSCs, authorised networks)

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Working with Organization

Global Dismantlers for appropriate treatment of End of Life Vehicles (ELVs) and effective recycling providing guidelines via International Dismantlers Information System (IDIS).

Nature Conservation Society (NACS) to create educational programs for Toyota employees to promote plantation in harmony with nature.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to conserve biodiversity.


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Workers Participation

Implemented wildlife habitat maintenance and improvement measures at the Tsutsumi, Teiho and other plants and conducted indicator species surveys to confirm the effects. Conducted 800 harmony with nature activities, with the participation of more than 160,000 people over four years in collaboration with the Toyota Group companies and other affiliated companies.

Under the Toyota Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Project, conducted tree-planting activities at the Aichi Earth Expo Memorial Park with the participation of 112 persons including employees and members of the All-Toyota Harmony with Nature Working Group.

Participation of 77,000 pupils in 14 european countries in various activities linked to the above.

Local Activities

On July 1st 2018, we organized a Green Day event in Ymittos in cooperation with the NGO “Ethelon” and the Environmental Organization “It’s Time for Action”. At the beginning of the day, we presented to our volunteers and their families the six main pillars of Toyota Environmental Strategy, the “Toyota Challenge 2050”. Afterwards, we all had the chance to participate in the reforestation of the mountain Ymittos by planting seedlings, watering the existing ones and putting stickers to help them grow quickly. Members of the Fire Service also informed us about fire protection and fire safety issues. The main objective of this CSR activity was to make our employees aware of environmental issues, cultivate their environmental consciousness and motivate them to take initiatives and contribute to environmental sustainability. The goal was to raise awareness of environmental issues and motivate our employees to take initiatives for a clean and healthy planet.

On September 15th 2018, we organized a Clean Up Day event in Thessaloniki in cooperation with the NGO “Ethelon”. The day began with volunteers and their families learning more about the Toyota Environmental Strategy, “Toyota Challenge 2050” as well as the “World Clean Up Day”, a civic-led mass movement that aims to stand up against the global trash problem. We also had the chance to participate in the cleaning of the Thermi’s dam by picking up waste and painting the kiosks, benches of the area that were spoiled by graffiti.

On June 30th 2019, Toyota Hellas organized a beach clean-up activity at the 3rd Marina of Glyfada in cooperation with the NGO “Ethelon”, the environmental volunteer team “Let's Do it Greece” and the young volunteers of “ReGeneration Academy”.

On September 22nd 2019, Toyota Hellas organized a beach clean-up activity at Thermis marina in cooperation with local municipality and local residents.


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Benefits for Οrganization

Toyota’s leadership in Europe in low CO2 emissions vehicles

TOYOTA has achieved its target of becoming Top runner in CO2 emissions in 2019. As of 2018, average EU CO2 emissions will have to decline by 7.6% per year to comply with the 2020-2021 emission reduction target.

The dataset showed that new cars sold in the EU in 2019 had average CO2 emissions of 122 g CO2/km, 1 g/km higher than in 2018, as measured over the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). As of 2019, fleet-average CO2 emissions will have to decline by 11.9% per year to comply with the 2021 target.

Toyota had the lowest CO2 emissions out of all major manufacturer pools in 2019 and was the closest to its 2020/21 limit value.  FORD and DAIMLER ware in the worst position to meet its 2020/21 target, with a 31 g/km (25%) reduction needed to comply.

Leadership position was assured due to Toyota’s long-standing effort with hybrid electric vehicles. According to the report released by ICCT (http://www.theicct.org) Toyota has a share of 40,8% for HEVs in its total EU sales, about 37 % of Toyota’s sales in Europe are hybrid electric vehicles.

CO2 Footprint

Inchcape plc, the parent company of Toyota Hellas has set up a centralized system which collects data from all its affiliates, including Toyota Belgium.

Using this system for CO2 report introduced 2016, the CO2 footprint of the operations of Toyota Hellas was calculated for 2020 at :

235.401 Kg CO2 for electricity reduced by 13% (270.590 kg) compared to the corresponding period of last year.

336.204 Kg CO2 for new vehicles transportation reduced by 25% (448.718 Kg) compared to the corresponding period of the last year

70581 Kg CO2 for staff travel reduced by 37% (112715 Kg) compered to the previous year

For long and short haul flights for year 2020 CO2 was 0 compare with 246144 Kg of the previous year.

The group of Inchcape as well as Toyota Hellas have identified electricity consumption and travelling   as the main areas where substantial reductions can be made in carbon emissions, accompanied by a substantial cost savings.

The project of CO2 FOOTPRINT was initiated in 2016 and monthly figures for electricity consumption data and travelling are collected. Since 2018 and due to ISO requirements energy consumption figures are collected and calculated from the entire network.

Energy Savings (european figures)

2019: 3.5GJ / vehicle produced vs 2017: 3.8GJ / vehicle produced

Waste Savings (european figures)

2019: 11kg / vehicle produced vs 2017: 14kg / vehicle produced




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