In 1998, Toyota became the first automaker to introduce ISO 14001 in development and design divisions. In the area of recycling, Toyota implemented prior assessments of vehicle recyclability during vehicle development. In 2005, with the objective of strengthening environmental management, Toyota introduced Eco-VAS*1, a comprehensive environmental impact assessment system based on the concept of life cycle assessment (LCA), in all vehicle-development processes through to production, use and disposal.
Eco-VAS is a system for setting target values from the initial stages of development and steadily enhancing environmental performance.
Specifically, the chief engineer sets targets and achievement scenarios for each aspect of environmental performance*2 in the planning and development stage, then tracks the status of target attainment throughout the development process, enabling steady progress toward achieving the targets.
*1 Eco-VAS: Eco-Vehicle Assessment System
*2 Environmental performance aspects: Fuel consumption, exhaust emissions, noise, recyclability, substances of concern and life cycle assessment (LCA)