Establishing a Recycling-Based Society

In order to establish a recycling-based society, Toyota Industries seeks to minimize the amount of resources used by curtailing the generation of waste from production activities and promoting reuse. We are also working to minimize the environmental impact on water resources by reducing both the amount of water used and the amount of wastewater discharge (pollution load) according to the characteristics of each business site while giving consideration to the water situation in each region.

Our Approach

Waste

Mass consumption, if continued on the back of the expanding world population and economic growth, will eventually deplete natural resources. Toyota Industries believes it is essential to promote 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) design for effective resource utilization and the recycling of waste as resources. We set a goal of minimizing the use of resources in our Environmental Vision 2050. Accordingly, we have been making various efforts, including extending the life of components as well as reducing their size and weight in the area of product development. In production activities, implementing measures to reduce resource consumption at the source, ensuring the maximum resource recycling within a plant and reducing waste by using leading-edge technologies are the three pillars of our activities.



Water

Water is the basis of all life on the Earth and is an irreplaceable and valuable resource. Every year, however, we have been witnessing the increasingly severe impacts of droughts, floods and other natural disasters resulting from climate change as well as shortages in drinking water and agricultural water caused by the growth in the world’s population. Many of the processes of Toyota Industries use water for washing and painting products, and we regard the water supply crunch caused by climate change and population growth as a significant risk to our business activities. Accordingly, we have set a goal of minimizing the environmental impact on water resources and have been monitoring water input and output in each country and region and promoting the recycling of water and reduction of water intake.

<Water Risk at Production Sites>

We evaluate risks relating to water resources at each production site using the following process. We use the WWF Water Risk Filter, an international water risk assessment tool, to perform regional assessments and evaluate potential water risk in each country and region based on information including laws and regulations as well as production processes at each site. We then communicate with those sites where risks are determined to be high and conduct comprehensive water risk evaluations. The evaluations conducted in fiscal 2022 did not identify any sites as having high water risks based on the comprehensive water risk evaluations. However, at two sites in India located in regions with relatively few water resources, we are taking action to recycle wastewater and use rainwater and continuously working to reduce water intake and wastewater discharge.

Targets

Target year
Waste (non-consolidated)
Targets FY2026 Reduce waste volume per unit of production by 12% campared to 2013
2050 Minimize the use of resources
Target yearWater
Targets FY2026 Promote water withdrawals activities that take into account the water environment conditions in each country and region
2050 Challenging for minimum environmental burder for water resources

Activity Results

Waste

Changes in Waste Volume

Under the Sixth Environmental Action Plan, we achieved a 29% reduction in waste volume per unit of production compared to fiscal 2006 on a non-consolidated basis and a 27% reduction compared to fiscal 2006 by Toyota Industries and its consolidated subsidiaries in Japan.

Water

Changes in Water Intake and Intake Per Unit of Production (Per Unit of Sales)

Under the Sixth Environmental Action Plan, we acquired information concerning water inputs and outputs and took action according to conditions in each country and region.

Examples

Toyota Industries Report 2021 p67

Initiative to Reduce Sludge Volume

Toyota Industries Report 2021 p68

Efforts for Reducing the Use of Plastics

Toyota Industries Report 2021 p68

Initiative for Raising Awareness of Water Resources

Toyota Industries Report 2021 p68

Initiative for Reducing Wastewater Discharge through Water Recycling