All goals specified in the Third Environmental Action Plan were achieved and initiatives begun toward achieving the Fourth Environmental Action Plan goals.
Environment Committees were established in Europe in fiscal 2004, North America in fiscal 2005 and South America in fiscal 2007 to reinforce environmental activities by affiliates subject to consolidated environmental management.
South American Environment Committee (set up in May 2006 in Brazil)
Development and Design
Achieved the 2010 Fuel Efficiency Standards in all vehicle weight categories.
The percentage of total production that meets the Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle level reached 96%.
In March 2006, the Lexus GS450h equipped with a newly developed dedicated hybrid system for rear-wheel-drive passenger vehicles was launched, widening the market base for hybrid vehicles.
Worldwide sales of Toyota hybrid vehicles in fiscal 2006 were approximately 263,000 units, for a cumulative total exceeding 600,000 units.
Production and Logistics
All goals, including that for reduction of CO2 emissions, were almost achieved.
Through energetic actions to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, conversion to water-borne paints for the top coating (base coat) was completed on all lines in Japan.
The Toyota Environmental Management System (TOYOTA-EMS) that incorporates the Toyota Way was defined and expanded to all affiliates worldwide.
Steadily implemented measures to recycle / recover automobile shredder residue (ASR) and recover airbags and CFCs / HFCs from end-of-life vehicles toward the smooth operation of the Automobile Recycling Law.
Steadily incorporated new designs for recycling into new models.
Reduced the usage of four substances of concern at Toyota operations worldwide.
Developed new practical dismantling technologies and marketed them widely.
The number of vehicles in which Recycled Sound-Proofing Products (RSPP) was used exceeded the 10-million mark.
Promoted the collection and recycling of batteries from end-of-life hybrid vehicles.