To go beyond zero environmental impact and achieve a net positive impact, Toyota has set itself six challenges. All these challenges, whether in climate change or resource and water recycling, are beset with difficulties, however we are committed to continuing towards the year 2050 with steady initiatives in order to realize sustainable development together with society.
|While the world is trying to move toward “below 2 ̊C” scenario, Toyota has, under the “New Vehicle Zero Carbon dioxide (CO₂) Challenge,” decided to challenge itself to reduce vehicle CO₂ emissions by 90 percent in comparison with 2010 levels, by 2050.
|By Lifecycle Zero Carbon dioxide (CO₂) Emissions Challenge, we mean efforts to reduce to zero not simply the CO₂ emissions produced in traveling and manufacturing, but all CO₂ emissions including in the processes of materials production, and disposal and recycling of vehicles.
|Not only do vehicles emit Carbon dioxide (CO₂) while traveling; CO₂ is also generated during their manufacture process. Reducing CO₂ to restrain climate change is therefore also a challenge for the plants that manufacture automobiles.
|So far, Toyota has implemented rainwater collection to reduce the amount of water used by production plants, filtering to increase the water recycling rate, and re-use of wastewater through recycling. The local water environment differs greatly depending on region. Going forward, we intend to roll out a range of measures globally to deal with the water environment in a way that is sensitive to local needs.
|To improve resource efficiency toward an ideal resource-recycling based society), initiatives are needed in four key areas: (1) utilization of eco-friendly materials, (2) making use of parts longer, (3) development of recycling technology, (4) making vehicles from the materials of end-of-life vehicles.
|To realize our aim of “enriching lives of communities” in each region, the Toyota group companies have engaged in planting trees at plants, environmental conservation activities in their surrounding area, and environmental education.