The Sixth Toyota Environmental Action Plan

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, environmental activities were categorized 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.

Themes Six Challenges No. Action Items Specific Actions and Goals
Low Carbon
(Climate Change, CO2)
  (1) New Vehicle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge 1 Develop technologies to achieve the best fuel efficiency performance
  • As of 2020, aim to reduce average CO2 emissions from new vehicles globally by over 22% from 2010 level
    - Develop high-performance powertrain through TNGA and introduce it in stages
    - Further improve the performance of HVs and expand their introduction
2 Promote development of next-generation vehicles that use electric power, and widespread use of them according to their features
  • HV: Promote more widespread adoption of HVs by expanding line-up and achieving further high-performance development toward goal of annual sales of 1.5M units and cumulative sales of 15M units by 2020
  • PHV: Develop higher-performance models as core vehicles using electricity towards fuel diversification and promote widespread adoption
  • EV: Promote technology development for short-distance purposes in combination with low-carbon traffic systems
  • FCV: Promote activities to further reduce cost, achieve greater compactness and durability, and strengthen product appeal toward effective use of hydrogen as an important future energy source
(2) Life Cycle Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge 3 Promote environmental management in product development (Eco Vehicle Assessment System, Eco-VAS)
  • Steadily promote environmental target management by Eco-VAS, which is the environmental assessment system at every stage of vehicle development
    - Promote reduction of lifecycle environmental burden in both model change vehicles and new model vehicles  compared to previous model
    - Promote appropriate disclosure to customers of evaluation results through websites, catalogs, etc.
4 Practical use development of catalyst technology-based CO2 absorption/new material creation (artificial photosynthesis, etc.)
  • Promote artificial photosynthesis technology using energy from CO2, water and solar power
    - 2020: Complete basic testing for creation of primary CO2-absorbing material (material or fuel) using the world's most efficient photosynthesis unit
5 Pursue increased transport efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions in logistics activities
  • Promote CO2 reduction activities by further improving transport efficiency
    (Take comprehensive measures to reduce total distance travelled and further promote modal shift)
Region Item Base year Goals (FY2020)
Japan Emission 1990 25% reduction
Emission per freight unit  FY2006 14% reduction
(1% each year)
Overseas Measure performance

6 Contribute to local communities through the expansion of local grid energy management technologies
  • Establish micro-grid (F-grid) /regional optimal energy management technology and promote domestic and overseas rollout
    - Confirm testing in Ohira-mura project in Tohoku and Motomachi Plant project in Toyota city
    - Domestic and overseas rollout to other domestic plants and to Asia, etc.
7 Promote an “integrated approach” to reduce CO2 emissions in road transport sectors
  • Contribute to smart mobility society using IT/ITS technology (ultra-compact EV sharing, low-carbon navigation) 
    - Based on testing results in Japan and France of next-generation urban mobility Ha:mo Car sharing system using ultra-compact EVs, prepare to roll this system out to other regions and establish business model with a view toward 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics
  • Actively participate in the integrated traffic flow improvement project for establishment of a low-carbon mobility society
    - Establish WBCSD Sustainable Mobility Project 2.0 Sathorn Model and formulate roadmap for Bangkok rollout
  • Promote eco-driving on a global scale
    - Promote eco-driving to customers and employees globally
  (3) Plant Zero CO2 Emissions Challenge 8 CO2 emission reduction in production activities
  • Promote activities to reduce CO2 emissions through development and introduction of low-CO2 production technologies and daily Kaizen activities.
    - Pursue productivity improvement and include offices, etc., in rollout of activities
  • Utilize clean energy adapted to the particular conditions of each country and region
    - Promote introduction in stages up to 2020
  • Manage GHG emissions from sources other than energy sources
Region Item Base year Goals (FY2020)
Global*1 Emissions per unit produced FY2001 39% reduction
  TMC Emissions per unit produced FY2001 48% reduction
  Total emissions volume 1990 28% reduction
  Overseas Promote the highest reduction activities in each region

*1: TMC and consolidated subsidiaries in Japan and overseas (Manufacturing)

(Resources, Water)
(4) Challenge of Minimizing and Optimizing Water Usage 9 Reduce water consumption in production activities
  • Continuously promote activities to reduce water consumption considering water situation in each country and region
    - Introduce groundbreaking initiatives coordinated with new plant and line changeover plans
    - Reduce water consumption through activities including daily Kaizen 
Region Item Base year Goals (FY2020)
TMC (vehicle body plants) Usage per unit  FY2001 12% reduction
Overseas Promote the highest reduction activities in each region
(5) Challenge of Establishing a Recycling-based Society and Systems 10 Reduce consumption of dwindling natural resources through use of renewable resources and recycled materials
  • Reduce use of petroleum-based resin
    - Develop recycled resin and ecological plastic technology to meet quality and performance requirements
    - Establish used resin collection system
  • Promote reuse of rare resources and use of recycled materials
    - Develop CFRP recycling technology
    - Develop technology to reduce use of and recycle rare earth materials
11 Achieve industry-leading level in easy to dismantle design for effective resource recycling
  • Maintain top level in easy to dismantle design and improve further
    - Thoroughly integrate easy to dismantle design into all models including next-generation vehicles (EVs, FCVs) and smart mobility vehicles
    - Develop and integrate easy to dismantle design into new technology and new parts and materials
12 Contribute worldwide by end-of-life vehicle treatment and recycling technology developed in Japan
  • Promote overseas rollout of appropriate end-of-life vehicle disposal technology to match local conditions in each country and region
    - Introduce reliable system for appropriate end-of-life vehicle disposal compliant with recycling law in each country and, in countries and regions where regulation is expected to be introduced going forward, reinforce initiatives in each country and region based on guidance compiled by Toyota Motor Corporation
    - Roll out operations toward opening of 100 dismantling and recycling model plants (10 plants by 2020)
13 Overseas rollout of original recycling system for end-of-life vehicle resources
  • Promote advanced development of Toyota's original recycling technology  and provide overseas support
    - Improve remanufacturing and recycling technology for nickel hydride batteries (cost reduction) and provide overseas support
    - Establish remanufacturing and recycling technology for lithium ion batteries  and provide overseas support
    - Practical application of wire harness recycling in Japan (expand scale of operations)
    - Practical application of magnet recycling in Japan (expand scale of operations)
    - Develop power generation and storage technology using HV units from end-of-life vehicles
    - Consider and explore possible introduction timing of bumper collection system and recycling technology in main overseas regions
14 Reduce waste and use resources efficiently in production activities
  • Promote waste volume reduction by developing and introducing relevant production technology and implementing daily Kaizen activities.
    - Reduce the volume of materials discarded by taking action at source such as improving yields, and promote effective use of resources 
    - Promote activities to reduce resource wastage such as reducing volume of valuable waste material and discarded material
  • Promote reduction of scrap metal volume and effective use at all Toyota Group companies
Target Region Item Base year Goals (FY2020)
Emissions Valuable waste Japan*2 Emission volume Activities to reduce scrap metal emissions and
promote effective utilization Toyota-wide
Waste*1 Japan Emissions per unit produced FY2001 35% reduction
  TMC Emissions per unit produced FY2001 63% reduction
  Landfill waste zero*3
Overseas Promote the highest reduction activities in each region
  • *1: Recycling at cost, incinerated waste, landfill waste
  • *2: TMC and consolidated manufacturing subsidiaries in Japan and overseas
  • *3: Definition of zero =directly landfilled waste less than 1% of FY1995 figure
15 Reduce packaging materials and use resources efficiently in logistics activities
  • Make improvements focusing on simplified and reduced packaging/wrapping materials and increased use of returnable containers

    Continue Kaizen at previous level  (14% reduction from 2006 level)

    Identify relevant examples

Harmony with Nature (6) Challenge of Establishing a Future Society in Harmony with Nature 16 Promote nature conservation activity “Connecting regional conservation activities with region and community”
  • - Toyota Green Wave Project- an initiative to connect with local communities through the various activities undertaken by all Toyota Group companies and their global affiliates to preserve the natural environment
    - Continue the ongoing sustainable plant activity and simultaneously expand the various activities of all Toyota Group companies to overseas subsidiaries, affiliates and local communities, and expand the reach of activities in partnership with stakeholders.
17 Boost grant program for environmental activities “Connecting nature & biodiversity conservation activity to the world”
  • - Toyota Today for Tomorrow Project- an initiative to connect to the world with environmental conservation and biodiversity conservation activities through grants for environmental activities

    - Strengthen grant programs that contribute to resolving environmental issues, which is a key point of social contribution activities
    Provide new value in cooperation with various groups and stakeholders and expand the reach of activities worldwide
18 Boost contribution to environmental education “Connecting environmental activities to the future”
  • - Toyota ESD Project- an initiative to strengthen environmental education using regional business bases and company property, and thereby connect environmental conservation activities to the future

    - Expand educational activities for local residents and schoolchildren using planting trees at plants, greening and creation of natural habitats at office sites, etc.

    - Promote development of educational programs taking advantage of the special characteristics of company-owned land (The Toyota Shirakawa-Go Eco-Institute, Forest of Toyota, Mie Miyagawa Forest, etc.) and promote human resources development to connect to the future
19 Promote environmental contribution through biotechnology and afforestation business, automotive peripheral technology, and forest conservation activities
  • Respond to environmental issues with bio technology
    - Promote cellulose ethanol development by further improvement of yeast ferment capacity
    - Contribute natural capital creation by applying to farming biomass business and agriculture area
  • Contribute to "Adaptation" in climate change through urban greening business and group owned technology
    - Respond to heat island (dissemination of wall greening, high efficient shading paint)
  • Establish a model to use resources effectively in Mie Miyagawa Forest
  • Realize a sustainable technical center in harmony with nature and local communities  at the new research and development facility currently in the planning stage
Management 20 Promote strengthening of consolidated environmental management
  • Strengthen activities to ensure leading levels of environmental performance (e.g. CO2, water) in each country and region through enhanced environmental committee activities in Japan and overseas
  • Comply strictly with environmental laws and regulations in all countries and regions and comprehensively enhance activities for prevention of environmental risks
  • Enhance product-related chemical substance management in each country considering local regulation trends 
21 Reduce exhaust emissions to contribute to improvement of air quality in urban areas in each country and region
  • Steadily introduce low-emission vehicles that contribute to improving the urban environment in each country and region
  • Contribute to atmospheric environment improvement through collaboration with research organizations in each country
22 Reduce VOC emissions in production activities
  • Develop and roll out VOC reduction technology, for instance, reduction of volume of paint and thinner used in painting process
    - Continuously promote VOC reduction activities through initiatives coordinated with painting facility remodeling plans and through daily Kaizen
Target Region Item Goals (FY2020)
Body paint Japan*1 Emissions per unit of painted surface area 26g/m2 or less
(average of all production lines)
  TMC Emissions per unit of painted surface area 19 g/m2 or less
(average of all production lines)
Overseas Promote highest reduction activities for region
Bumper paint TMC Emissions per unit of painted surface area 310 g/m2 or less
(average of all production lines)
Other paint Japan and overseas Promote activities to reduce VOC emissions

*1: TMC+domestic consolidated manufacturing subsidiaries

23 Promote environmental activities in cooperation with business partners (suppliers)
  • Further strengthen collaboration with suppliers to promote joint global activities to improve the environment
    - Ensure strict compliance with laws and regulations in each country and steadily implement chemical substance management
    - Promote wide-ranging environmental initiatives through partnerships, including CO2 reduction, resource recycling, water environmental impact reduction, and creation of a society in harmony with nature
24 Promote environmental activities in cooperation with business partners (dealerships and distributors)
  • Promote environmental activities with dealerships and distributors

    - Promote environmental initiatives by adhering closely to the Toyota Dealer CSR Checklist and promote CO2 emissions reduction, etc., by improving environmental management

    - Promote and enhance environmental initiatives led by regional headquarters/distributors in each country (CO2 emissions reduction, etc.)
    - Promote and enhance the Dealer Environmental Risk Audit Program (DERAP)

25 Further strengthen global employee education and awareness activities
  • Promote environmental conservation awareness globally through environmental education for employees
    - Systematize environmental education in coordination with consolidated affiliates
    - Implement environmental education in line with conditions in each country and region 
26 Enhance active disclosure of environmental information and communication
  • Further enhance environmental information disclosure
    - Expand number of affiliates covered by collection of environmental information and put in place appropriate structures for the collection of above information
    - Further enhance content of Environment Report
  • Further enhance environmental communication activities globally and in each country and region