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3rd Action Plan (FY2002 - FY2006)

Embracing environmental trends as a crucial business issue at the dawn of the 21st century, Toyota Industries compiled the Third Environmental Action Plan in August 2000 to put environmental protection activities on a Group-wide footing, including consolidated subsidiaries, with a common basic policy and action guidelines, to achieve harmony with the global environment and contribute to the formation of an environmentally sound, sustainable, recycling-based society.
The Third Environmental Action Plan comprises four items: "Toyota Industries' Basic Philosophy," "Basic Policies," "Action Guidelines" and "Environmental Action Plans."

Toyota Industries' Basic Philosophy

  • Toyota Industries is determined to comply with the letter and the spirit of the law, in Japan and overseas, and to be fair and transparent in all its dealings.
  • Toyota Industries is respectful of the people, culture, and tradition of each country and region in which it operates. It also works to promote economic growth and prosperity in those countries.
  • Toyota Industries believes that economic growth and conservation of the natural environment are compatible. It strives to offer products and services that are clean, safe, and of high quality.
  • Toyota Industries conducts intensive product research and forward-looking development activities so as to create new value for its customers.
  • Toyota Industries nurtures the inventiveness and other abilities of its employees. It seeks to create a climate of cooperation, so that employees and the Company can realize their full potential.

Basic Policies

  1. Conduct corporate activities that are considerate of the environment at every stage of the product's life cycle from development through design, production, use, and disposal, to provide clean and safe products to society
  2. Strive to intensify environmental management, including that of consolidated subsidiaries, for the further advancement of corporate activities that promote environmental protection
  3. Promote social contribution, information disclosure, and knowledge through wide-ranging cooperation with society on environmental protection, with the ultimate aim of achieving a better global environment

Action Guidelines

  1. Develop and provide clean products with minimal environmental impact
    (1) Thoroughly implement environmental considerations in development and design
    (2) Promote Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP)
  2. Promote manufacturing that strives for zero emissions
    (1) Further reduce environmental impact through resource and energy conservation
    (2) Voluntarily set, carry out, and monitor goals through the Environmental Committee
  3. Expand environmental management systems
    (1) Strengthen cooperation between the Company and its affiliates and suppliers
    (2) Firmly grasp environmental protection expenses and cost efficiency
  4. Actively participate in public environmental protection efforts as a responsible corporate citizen
    (1) Engage in the creation of an environmentally sound, sustainable, recycling-based society.
    (2) Thoroughly implement active information disclosure and communicate with local communities

Action Plan

Action Guidelines

Goal

Action Policy
1.
Develop and provide clean products with minimal environmental impact


(1)
Thoroughly implement environmental considerations in development and design
(2)
Promote EPP*1
Improve fuel efficiency
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Achieve best-in-class fuel efficiency in all countries and regions and reduce emissions
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Improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions through the development of energy-conservation technologies
Reduce exhaust emissions
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Tailor measures in accordance with usage environments
Development of clean energy vehicles*2
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Launch new vehicles in accordance with market conditions
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Develop clean products that meet market needs
Improve recyclability
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Promote recyclable designs to contribute to the goal of a 95% recycling rate by 2015
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Expand the use of recycled materials
Control and reduce volumes of substances with environmental impact
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Set global standards in the management of hazardous substances
Reduce noise
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Further reduce noise from all sources in the automobiles and forklift trucks we produce
Prevent global warming due to car air conditioners
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Develop compressors that are compatible with new alternative refrigerants to HFCs*3
More thoroughly conduct environmental assessments at the development and design stages
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Conduct prior assessments of all environmental impact throughout products' life cycles from the very first stages of development and design
Strengthen cooperation with business partners
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Promote environmentally sound EPP through strengthened cooperation with business partners
2.
Promote manufacturing that strives for Zero Emissions*4


(1)
Further reduce environmental impact through resource and energy conservation
(2)
Voluntarily set, carry out, and monitor goals through the Environmental Committe
Set global warming preventive measures
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Active promotion of CO2 reduction initiatives
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CO2 : Reduce total emission volume by 5% compared with fiscal 1990 levels by fiscal 2005 year-end (10% by fiscal 2010)
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Promote thorough energy-saving programs
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Develop production technologies that reduce CO2 emissions
Strictly control and reduce the use of hazardous substances
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Strengthen proper control and voluntary reductions of hazardous substances used in production processes
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PRTR*5: Reduce total emission volumes of targeted substances by 50% compared with fiscal 1998 levels by fiscal 2005 year-end
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VOCs*6: Promote total emission volume reduction and reduce emissions from painting lines by 50% compared with 1998 levels by fiscal 2005 year-end
Reduce waste and conserve resources
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Reduce waste for achievement of Zero Emissions
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Zero emissions: Eliminate direct landfill disposal at all plants by fiscal 2003
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Promote paperless operations by enhancing in-house IT network systems
Curtail water usage
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Various initiatives
Conduct logistics streamlining measures
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Improve transport efficiency and promote CO2 reduction and resource conservation through the reduction of packing materials
3.
Expand environmental management systems


(1)
Strengthen cooperation between the Company and its subsidiaries, affiliates and suppliers
(2)
Firmly grasp environmental protection expenses and cost efficiency
Expand environmental management systems
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Organize fundamental policy development and administration systems for Group companies
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Attain ISO 14001 certification at Group companies
Enhance environmental accounting systems
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Organize environmental accounting systems
4.
Actively participate in public environmental protection efforts as a responsible corporate citizen


(1)
Engage in the creation of a an environmentally sound, sustainable "recycling" society
(2)
Thoroughly implement active information disclosure and communicate with local communities
Make efforts to create a recycling-oriented society
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Participate in initiatives in the public sphere aimed at the achievement of a 95% recycling rate by 2015
Promote social contribution activities
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Broaden dialogue with local communities and deepen participation in greenery activities
Promote public relations and disclosure activities
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Disclose more information relating to our environmental activities
*1
EPP: Procurement of parts and materials that considers the supplier's ISO 14001 status and the presence of hazardous substances in the procured materials and parts
*2
Clean-Energy Vehicles: Electric forklift trucks and compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered forklift trucks
*3
HFCs: Hydrofluorocarbons. HFCs were used as substitutes for CFCs, but pressure has risen to reduce their use because they contribute to global warming.
*4
Zero Emissions: Toyota Industries defines zero emisions as reducing emissions to a level equivalent to at least 95% of landfill waste
*5
PRTR: Pollutant Release and Transfer Register
*6
VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds

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