Items with particularly positive successes in environmental actions for FY2000 in each area of Toyota"s operations are summarized below.
For further details please refer to the respective section in the report.

Environmental Management | Development and Design | Procurement and Production | Logistics | Recycling and Sales/After Sales | Overseas Initiatives
Other Businesses, Social Contribution Activities, Safety and Health | Status of Major Environmental Data for FY2000


Achieved FY2000 Voluntary Fuel Efficiency Targets

Taking into consideration the FY2000 government targets, Toyota set its own voluntary goals in the Second Toyota Environmental Action Plan and exceeded the government targets in all categories. Also, Toyota began taking actions to meet the new 2010 Fuel Efficiency Standards and is implementing measures, like increasing the number of vehicle series with newly developed engines etc., beginning with new models and models undergoing complete redesign, with the goal of achieving the targets ahead of schedule.

Increased Introduction of Low Emission Vehicles

Toyota completed its voluntary compliance with the FY2000 Exhaust Emission Standards for gasoline vehicles, and has been actively working on the early introduction of vehicles that comply with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport"s "Approval System for Low Emission Vehicles." As a result, the number of models achieving an exhaust emission level that is 25% lower than the 2000 Exhaust Emission Standards increased to 74 (44% of the vehicles Toyota produced), and the number of models achieving an exhaust emission level that is 75% lower than the standards increased to 3 models (3% of the vehicles Toyota produced).

Evolution and Expansion of Hybrid Systems

Toyota launched the new Prius with a small nickel-metal hydride battery in May 2000. The Estima Hybrid was launched in June 2001 and THS-M (Toyota Hybrid System-Mild), which can be used in various vehicle types, was also developed.

New model (left) and old model (right) of nickel-metal hydride battery in the Prius

Accelerating the Development of Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles

In March 2001, Toyota announced a new fuel cell hybrid vehicle called "FCHV-3" and also in June 2001, developed the "FCHV-4", which uses high-pressure hydrogen as fuel. Field evaluation tests have also been started.