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CHALLENGE:1

New Vehicle Zero CO₂ Emissions Challenge

AExtreme weather phenomena around the world are wreaking havoc on society, attesting to the reality of global warming. If further measures are not taken to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, it is estimated* that average global temperatures could rise between 3.7 and 4.8°C by 2100 compared with pre-industrial levels. In order to keep the temperature increase less than 2°C, reducing CO2 emissions to zero will not be enough—we must further reduce it below zero. Amid global efforts to hold the temperature rise less than 2°C, Toyota has taken on the “New Vehicle Zero CO2 Challenge,” in which Toyota will strive to reduce vehicle CO2 emissions by 90 percent in comparison with 2010 levels, by 2050. This Challenge involves not only raising the mileage of engine vehicles, but also accelerating the development of next-generation eco-friendly vehicles with low or zero CO2 emissions, including hybrid vehicles (HVs), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs), electric vehicles (EVs), and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), and spreading these vehicles on roads everywhere. Eco-friendly vehicles contribute to the society only when they come into widespread use. Toyota is committed to continue working hand in hand with stakeholders to build an infrastructure that supports the widespread adoption of these vehicles.
 *5th Assessment Report of IPCC Working Group III (2014)

Extreme weather phenomena around the world are wreaking havoc on society, attesting to the reality of global warming. If further measures are not taken to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, it is estimated* that average global temperatures could rise between 3.7 and 4.8°C by 2100 compared with pre-industrial levels. In order to keep the temperature increase less than 2°C, reducing CO2 emissions to zero will not be enough—we must further reduce it below zero.
Amid global efforts to hold the temperature rise less than 2°C, Toyota has taken on the “New Vehicle Zero CO2 Challenge,” in which Toyota will strive to reduce vehicle CO2 emissions by 90 percent in comparison with 2010 levels, by 2050. This Challenge involves not only raising the mileage of engine vehicles, but also accelerating the development of next-generation eco-friendly vehicles with low or zero CO2 emissions, including hybrid vehicles (HVs), plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs), electric vehicles (EVs), and fuel cell vehicles (FCVs), and spreading these vehicles on roads everywhere. Eco-friendly vehicles contribute to the society only when they come into widespread use. Toyota is committed to continue working hand in hand with stakeholders to build an infrastructure that supports the widespread adoption of these vehicles.

*5th Assessment Report of IPCC Working Group III (2014)

Challenge 1:New Vehicle Zero CO₂ Emissions Challenge(5:13)
Senior Managing Officer (Then)
Mr. Kiyotaka Ise

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CHALLENGE:2

Life Cycle Zero CO₂ Emissions Challenge

The “Life Cycle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge” takes an approach to zero CO2 emissions not only while driving, but also in the entire vehicle life cycle including materials and parts manufacturing, vehicle assembly, disposal and vehicle recycling. Because some next-generation eco-friendly vehicles may increase CO2 emissions in the processes of materials and parts manufacturing, we strive to develop low CO2 emitting materials during manufacturing and their widespread use, as well as reducing material usage and the number of parts used. In order to reduce CO2 emissions at the disposal and recycling stages, we further push forward expanding the use of recycled materials and applying eco-friendly designs that make it easier to dismantle vehicles, pursuing “ever-better cars.”

The “Life Cycle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge” takes an approach to zero CO2 emissions not only while driving, but also in the entire vehicle life cycle including materials and parts manufacturing, vehicle assembly, disposal and vehicle recycling.
Because some next-generation eco-friendly vehicles may increase CO2 emissions in the processes of materials and parts manufacturing, we strive to develop low CO2 emitting materials during manufacturing and their widespread use, as well as reducing material usage and the number of parts used. In order to reduce CO2 emissions at the disposal and recycling stages, we further push forward expanding the use of recycled materials and applying eco-friendly designs that make it easier to dismantle vehicles, pursuing “ever-better cars.”

Challenge 2:Life Cycle Zero CO₂ Emissions Challenge(2:33)
Senior Managing Officer (Then)
Mr. Kiyotaka Ise

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CHALLENGE:3

Plant Zero CO₂
Emissions Challenge

Since CO2 is emitted not only when vehicles are being driven, but when they are in the manufacturing process, the restraint of CO2 emissions to suppress climate change is also the challenge for manufacturing plants. The two main pillars of this challenge are manufacturing technology improvement and switching forms of energy. In the area of manufacturing technologies, simplifying and streamlining our processes to reduce their complexity and the time they require enable us to reduce CO2 emissions. We can also obtain reduction effects by raising energy efficiency in manufacturing processes. Furthermore, we use every possible means to reduce CO2 emissions including introducing an innovative process called “Karakuri” that does not consume any energy at all. Regarding initiatives on the energy used, we will effectively utilize renewable energies such as solar power and wind power along with hydrogen energy.

Since CO2 is emitted not only when vehicles are being driven, but when they are in the manufacturing process, the restraint of CO2 emissions to suppress climate change is also the challenge for manufacturing plants. The two main pillars of this challenge are manufacturing technology improvement and switching forms of energy.
In the area of manufacturing technologies, simplifying and streamlining our processes to reduce their complexity and the time they require enable us to reduce CO2 emissions. We can also obtain reduction effects by raising energy efficiency in manufacturing processes. Furthermore, we use every possible means to reduce CO2 emissions including introducing an innovative process called “Karakuri” that does not consume any energy at all.
Regarding initiatives on the energy used, we will effectively utilize renewable energies such as solar power and wind power along with hydrogen energy.

Challenge 3:Plant Zero CO₂ Emissions Challenge(4:31)
Senior Managing Officer
Mr. Hirofumi Muta (then)

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CHALLENGE:4

Challenge of Minimizing and Optimizing Water Usage

According to forecasts, the world’s population will grow to 9.1 billion by 2050, water demand will increase 55 percent from current levels, and 40 percent of the world’s’ population is therefore expected to suffer water shortages*. Water is used in painting and other car manufacturing processes, making it imperative to reduce impacts on the water environment as much as possible. We have two main strategies to adopt our challenge; thoroughly reducing the amount of water used, and comprehensive water purification and returning it to the Earth. Toyota has pursued various effective initiatives, such as collecting rainwater to reduce the amount of industrial water usage, raising the water recycling rate through filtering, recycling wastewater for reuse, and returning clean water to the local environment. As the local water environment differs depending on the region, moving forward, we intend to expand our water environment initiatives around the world, taking the local needs into account.

According to forecasts, the world’s population will grow to 9.1 billion by 2050, water demand will increase 55 percent from current levels, and 40 percent of the world’s’ population is therefore expected to suffer water shortages*. Water is used in painting and other car manufacturing processes, making it imperative to reduce impacts on the water environment as much as possible. We have two main strategies to adopt our challenge; thoroughly reducing the amount of water used, and comprehensive water purification and returning it to the Earth.
Toyota has pursued various effective initiatives, such as collecting rainwater to reduce the amount of industrial water usage, raising the water recycling rate through filtering, recycling wastewater for reuse, and returning clean water to the local environment. As the local water environment differs depending on the region, moving forward, we intend to expand our water environment initiatives around the world, taking the local needs into account.

*According to Toyota data

Challenge 4:Challenge of Minimizing and Optimizing Water Usage(2:49)
Senior Managing Officer
Mr. Hirofumi Muta (then)

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CHALLENGE:5

Challenge of Establishing a Recycling-based Society and Systems

Due to global population increase along with the pressure for economic growth and convenient lifestyles, the pace of resource consumption is accelerating. If the present trends continue, large-scale exploitation will bring the depletion of natural resources, and appropriate disposal will be unable to keep pace with the increasing amounts of waste generated by mass consumption, resulting in environmental pollution. To prevent the environmental impact caused by End-of-life vehicles, Toyota launched the Toyota Global 100 Dismantlers Project, to establish social systems for End-of-life vehicle proper treatment. In order to improve resource efficiency toward an ideal resource-recycling based society, initiatives are needed in four key areas: (1) use eco-friendly materials, (2) use auto parts longer, (3) develop recycling technologies, and (4) manufacture vehicles from End-of-life vehicles. Toyota aims to realize the ultimate recycling-based society, and promotes the Toyota Global Car-to-Car Recycle Project (TCCR) so that we can use resources from End-of-life vehicles for manufacturing new vehicles.

Due to global population increase along with the pressure for economic growth and convenient lifestyles, the pace of resource consumption is accelerating. If the present trends continue, large-scale exploitation will bring the depletion of natural resources, and appropriate disposal will be unable to keep pace with the increasing amounts of waste generated by mass consumption, resulting in environmental pollution.
To prevent the environmental impact caused by End-of-life vehicles, Toyota launched the Toyota Global 100 Dismantlers Project, to establish social systems for End-of-life vehicle proper treatment.
In order to improve resource efficiency toward an ideal resource-recycling based society, initiatives are needed in four key areas: (1) use eco-friendly materials, (2) use auto parts longer, (3) develop recycling technologies, and (4) manufacture vehicles from End-of-life vehicles.
Toyota aims to realize the ultimate recycling-based society, and promotes the Toyota Global Car-to-Car Recycle Project (TCCR) so that we can use resources from End-of-life vehicles for manufacturing new vehicles.

Challenge 5:Challenge of Establishing a Recycling-based Society and Systems(3:53)
Managing Officer
Mr. Tatsuro Takami (then)

CHALLENGE:6

Challenge of Establishing a Future Society in Harmony with Nature

It is critical for humans to conserve forests and other natural environments in all regions for coexistence in harmony with nature. However, deforestation is progressing across the world, resulting in the fragmentation of habitats of diverse species, as well as the continuing loss of biodiversity. Toyota Group companies have engaged in planting trees at plants, environmental conservation activities in their surrounding areas, and environmental education in order to “enrich the lives of communities” in each region. Moving forward, we will promote our three “connecting” projects. We will expand these activities at group, regional, and organizational levels using the insights we have gathered so far, aiming for a future where people and nature live in harmony.

It is critical for humans to conserve forests and other natural environments in all regions for coexistence in harmony with nature. However, deforestation is progressing across the world, resulting in the fragmentation of habitats of diverse species, as well as the continuing loss of biodiversity.
Toyota Group companies have engaged in planting trees at plants, environmental conservation activities in their surrounding areas, and environmental education in order to “enrich the lives of communities” in each region. Moving forward, we will promote our three “connecting” projects. We will expand these activities at group, regional, and organizational levels using the insights we have gathered so far, aiming for a future where people and nature live in harmony.

Challenge 6:Challenge of Establishing a Future Society in Harmony with Nature(3:04)
Managing Officer
Mr. Tatsuro Takami (then)

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Towards realization of Hydrogen Society

Creation of a future where people coexist with nature through use of renewable energy and CO₂-free hydrogen

Towards realization of Hydrogen Society(3:50)
Managing Officer
Mr. Tatsuro Takami (then)

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