The Toyota Boshoku group implements environmental management activities on an on-going basis that include convening sessions for the environmental committee in respective regions to confirm environmental initiatives, verifying cases of improvement via genchi-genbutsu (Go, see & study) and actively implementing cross-organisational deployment best practices. In addition, we are providing education to people inside and outside the organisation focused on environmental protection.
Promoting Environmental Management
The Toyota Boshoku group implements environmental management activities on an on-going basis that include convening sessions for the environmental committee in respective regions to confirm environmental initiatives, verifying cases of improvement via genchi-genbutsu (Go, see & study) and actively implementing cross-organisational deployment best practices.
Safety / Health / Environment Function Meeting
The Safety / Health / Environment Function Meeting sets the desired direction for the Toyota Boshoku group’s environmental activities (product environmental and production environmental aspects), confirming progress and following up on actions, and holding deliberations.
Environmental Affairs Committee (Toyota Boshoku)
This committee makes on-going efforts aimed at strengthening product environmental and production environmental activities and checks the environmental activities being undertaken at each plant via genchi-genbutsu with a view to achieving the goals of the 2020 Environmental Action Plan. It has also ensured that best practices are deployed across the organisation. All of the committee’s objectives were achieved for fiscal 2019.
Status of activities by committee
Committees in each region promote environmental activities with the following four areas marked as priorities.
1. Activities to ensure zero abnormalities and complaints*1
2. Activities to reduce environmental impact
3. Activities for the management of chemical substances at plants
4. Activities related to ISO 14001 certification
Although the environmental issues being dealt with at the state and regional level differ, the Toyota Boshoku group has set high standards for all of its activities, which can be managed and implemented by each committee.
*1 Abnormalities: In case oil, etc., has leaked into a public waterway at a level that exceeds legal, by law and agreement standard values
Complaints: In case of contact from a local citizen, government, etc., alleging physical damage or psychological effects on account of the company
Strengthen the Chemical Substance Management System
Creating a management system for chemical substances
The Toyota Boshoku group is taking steps to manage chemical substances in all business activities from development and design to production and packaging.
Activities to reduce emissions of chemical substances
We are undertaking activities to reduce the amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR*2) substances used and emitted from plants. This includes optimising areas to be coated and reducing the incidence of recoating by revising the mould release agent coating method and reducing the consumption of coating material by improving the cleaning method.
As a result, Toyota Boshoku's VOC emissions amounted to 471t versus a target of 595t, with 153t of that amount being substances designated by the PRTR Law.
*2 Pollutant Release and Transfer Register: Pollutant Release and Transfer Register
Initiatives for Legal Compliance / Environmental Risk Management
In order to prevent environmental accidents and pollution, we conduct environmental risk management based on voluntary standards that are stricter than regulations require. In addition, we conduct risk management with value placed on the perspective of local people. Our environmental risk map is used in this regard. An environmental risk map is a tool to visualise risk around a plant and on premises, strengthen inspection standards and enable environmental patrols. Responsible persons at each plant carefully visualise risk and conduct patrols so that the latest information is always incorporated into the risk map.
As a result, we achieved zero abnormalities and complaints in the Toyota Boshoku group.
ISO 14001 Acquisition Status
All business entities in Japan completed the transition to ISO 14001:2015, the new version of the standard, in fiscal 2018. Business entities in regions outside Japan made the shift to complete the process in fiscal 2019.
ISO 14001:2015 certification activities
Audits were carried out by a certification body in each country and region in a systematic manner in fiscal 2019 as well, with all plants subject to the audit evaluated as having zero non-conformance items and operating all required ISO 14001 items appropriately.
Environmental risk management
Soil and groundwater purification at the Kariya Plant
At the Toyota Boshoku Kariya Plant, based on the “Provisional Guidelines for Soil and Groundwater” issued in 1994 by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, we have been conducting annual inspections for soil and groundwater contamination and are working to purify these resources since 1995. Purification of soil contamination started in 1996 and was completed in 1998. Purification of groundwater contamination continues with levels maintained below standard values.
Results of trichloroethylene measurements in fiscal 2019 (Environmental standard: 0.03mg/ℓ)
|Name of plant||Concentration in groundwater within grounds||Current status|
|Below standard values
Continuing to maintain
ND：Not detectable; under minimum quantity value (less than 0.002)
PCB treatment status
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are now designated as prohibited substances. PCB wastes now being stored must be treated at designated treatment facilities no later than the end of March 2027. One transformer was disposed of in fiscal 2019.
Strengthening Environmental Education to Pass Environmental Conservation Activities on to Future Generations
Environmental education to local children
Toyota Boshoku has implemented a programme since 2013 that involves visiting local elementary schools to introduce the environmental activities being undertaken by Toyota Boshoku to children and get them to think about environmental conservation activities they could undertake themselves. We held discussions on three topics in fiscal 2019, namely global warming, reducing waste and conserving water resources, to increase understanding of the importance of environmental activities and deepen the children’s learning.
Initiatives in the local community
The water quality general wastewater treatment facility at the Sanage Plant is constantly being monitored. Wastewater is reused to flush the toilets and in other ways to reduce water consumption and improve recycling. Local children are also invited to the plant to learn about the state of the global water shortage and the importance of water through hands-on experience of the wastewater treatment process and water quality analysis methods. The effects of water treatment are conveyed in an easy-to-understand manner such as the introduction of monitoring using killifish to manage effluent in rivers. Through these activities, we aim to create a sustainable Earth together with local communities.
Our Business Activities and the Environment (Resource Consumption for Business Activities and Emissions Causing Environmental Impact)
Resource consumption for business activities and emissions causing environmental impact in fiscal 2019
Energy consumption and CO2 emission data (Scope 1, Scope 2) within the Toyota Boshoku group released on our website have been independently assured by KPMG AZSA Sustainability Co., Ltd. Please see the Independent Assurance Report for more detailed information.
*3 Emissions excluding the effects of co-generation in reducing CO2 totaled 304,797t-CO2.
*4 Direct greenhouse gas emissions from a company's own fossil fuel combustion and industrial processes. Scope 1 emissions from the Toyota Boshoku group occur from the burning of city gas, LPG, kerosene, heavy oil and light oil.
*5 Indirect emissions from the generation of electricity, heat and steam purchased from other companies. Scope 2 emissions from the Toyota Boshoku group occur from the generation of purchased electricity.
*6 Waste that is recycled for a fee
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The Toyota Boshoku group believes that it is important to assess the effectiveness of our investment and cost in terms of environmental conservation in order to improve the efficiency of administration and make rational decisions.
Cost of environmental conservation
In fiscal 2019, environmental accounting recorded investment of 2,640 million yen, costs of 3,637 million yen and economic effects of 2,790 million yen.
Economic effects of environmental conservation measures
The economic effects of our environmental conservation measures were calculated from three ascertained items that were based on a sound rationale. Deemed effects such as risk avoidance effects are not taken into account.
|Environmental accounting||Toyota Boshoku||Japan affiliates||Regions outside Japan|
|Business area cost||Pollution
|R&D cost||5||808||0||2||（Included to Toyota Boshoku）|
|Social activity cost||0||20||0||5||0||16|
|Environmental remediation cost||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Depreciation and amortisation is not included in the costs.
|Economic effects||Toyota Boshoku||Japan affiliates||Regions outside Japan|
|Cost reduction through energy conservation||114||17||79|
|Resource saving & reduction of waste disposal costs||557||61||1,342|
|Profit on sale of recycled materials||395||3||141|
|Material effects||Toyota Boshoku||Japan affiliates||Regions outside Japan|
|Material effects||Toyota Boshoku||Japan affiliates||Regions outside Japan|