Director, Managing Officer
We obtain many resources from the earth-water, food and clothing as well as raw materials such as rubber, resin, and metal. At the same time, we inflict damage on the earth through the emission of greenhouse gases and depletion resources as a result of overuse in our daily lives and business activities.
To leave a rich, green earth to the children who will build the future, Toyoda Gosei has been implementing Environmental Action Plans every five years. We have also formulated a long-term vision in our TG 2050 Environmental Challenge and are working to preserve the environment. These activities have earned Toyoda Gosei a high ranking by the press and others, and we will further intensify our efforts. We will also continue working actively to create a corporate culture and develop personnel for the implementation of sustainable environmental preservation activities.
Contributing to Environmental Preservation Through All Our Business Activities
The Toyoda Gosei Group formulated its 1st Environmental Action Plan in 1993 based on its environmental policy, and since that time has been actively confronting environmental issues.
Recognizing the need to tackle environmental issues from a long-term perspective, we announced the TG 2050 Environmental Challenge, our long-term environmental targets, in 2016. That same year we formulated our 6th Environmental Action Plan for activities and targets over the five years until 2020, and have been promoting environmental activities.
To achieve environmental management that meets the expectations of society, we have established regional headquarters in North America, China, and Asia and put in place a global system for regional management in four global centers. To achieve the targets in our TG 2050 Environmental Challenge, we will conduct steady, Group-wide activities with a medium-term view until 2030 in addition to the existing 2020 targets.
1. Environmentally-friendly corporate activities
We are keenly aware that all stages of our business relate deeply to the environment, from development, production, and sales activities to end-of-life disposal. The Toyoda Gosei Group, including all internal departments, domestic and international affiliates, and suppliers, conducts all business activities with concern for the environment in cooperation and coordination with customers, government authorities, and others.
2. Good corporate citizenship
As a good corporate citizen, we participate in, support, and cooperate with environmental activities by many groups while also working on environmental activities in the community and broader society. We also provide education for all employees to support them in becoming involved in environmental activities as members of the community and society, and support social contributions and volunteerism.
3.While spreading information on these activities, we listen to the opinions of people at all levels of society and work to improve our activities wherever we can.
TG 2050 Environmental Challenge―A Greener, Richer World for Our Children
The Toyoda Gosei Group specializes in the field of high polymers-rubber and plastics. Our symbol is the benzene ring, a hexagonal hydrocarbon structure that is the starting point for polymers. Borrowing from the six sides of the benzene ring, the TG 2050 Environmental Challenge sets six challenges to strengthen our environmental efforts with a long-term view to the year 2050.
TG 2050 Environmental Challenge (Six Challenges)
Efforts to date
*1 Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O)
*2 Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals Chemicals
*3 Substances of Concern
*4 Volatile organic compounds
*5 Pollutant Release and Transfer Register
Our medium and long-term policy and key action items are discussed and decided in an Environmental Committee chaired by the company president. The Environmental Committee consists of four subcommittees in the areas of products, production, and quality. The subcommittees are further broken down into working groups that promote and manage areas such as reductions in energy use, waste products, and VOC emissions, and preservation of the environment. In this way, environmental preservation and management activities are conducted from an expert perspective.
A liaison committee has also been established to share information with related companies in Japan and abroad.
■Environmental organizational structure
Risk and opportunity associated with climate change and resource depletion
The risks and opportunities associated with climate change and resource depletion are recognized as an important management issue. We are working to strengthen our responses to the overall financial and social risks from the effects on economic and production activities of more drastic abnormal weather, changing precipitation patterns, droughts and floods, from a global perspective based on laws, regulations and trends.
|Climate change||Cost increases from carbon tax and soaring energy prices||Development of lighter weight,next-generation automotive parts Cost reductions from efficient energy use|
|Resource recycling||Effects of water shortages and floods on production activities||Cost reductions from re-use and decreased use of water|
|Cost increases from difficulty in procuring materials, soaring material prices||Cost reductions from recycling technology, use of fewer materials|
|Management||Loss of trust in the company from legal violations and other environmental problems||Raise brand strength by enhancing environmental activities|
Resource utilization and environmental emissions in business activities
To lessen the amount of energy, material and other resource inputs, and maximum product output, we are utilizing our skills in product development, process development and workplace kaizen in efforts to improve through business activities.
The input resources we use include environmentallyfriendly materials and clean energy.
Environmental impact in the value chain
From the perspective of preserving the earth, we have surveyed and disclosed not only GHG emissions (Scope 1*12, Scope 2*13) in our business activities but also emissions in our entire value chain including excavation of raw materials and product use and disposal (Scope 3*14). To increase precision for a more accurate picture, we reviewed the calculation method and data collection for Scope 3.
- *12 Greenhouse gas emissions emitted directly by the company itself (natural gas and other fossil fuels, etc.)
- *13 Indirectly emitted greenhouse gases (electricity, etc.)
- *14 Greenhouse gases emitted in the supply chain that are indirectly emitted by the company (manufacturing, transport, business travel, commuting, etc.)
■CO2 Emissions by Scope Level
Environmental Protection Costs
In Toyoda Gosei’s FY2019 environmental protection costs, priority is placed on research and development, business areas (switch to LEDs for high-ceiling lighting, recycling, greenhouse gas reductions), and social activities (Plant Afforestation). The economic effects include reduced waste disposal costs with measures to reduce waste production and increase waste recycling, thorough daily kaizen in workplaces, and lower electricity costs with increased efficiency in utility equipment.
■Environmental Protection Costs
（Unit: \100 million）
|Type of cost||Toyoda Gosei||Affiliates in Japan, total|
|Research and development costs*15||9.3||0|
|Costs within business areas*16||28.5||2.7|
|Management activity costs*17||1.5||0.2|
|Social activity costs*18||3.1||0.1|
|Costs for environmental measures*19||0.1||0|
- *15 Costs for research and development of products that reduce environmental impact
- *16 Costs to reduce environmental impacts from production, including pollution control, reduced energy consumption, and waste disposal.
- *17 Costs for management, including education, maintenance of the environmental management system, and measurements.
- *18 Costs for such measures as tree-planting and beautification.
- *19 Costs for dealing with environmental impacts from business operations.
（Unit: \100 million）
|Item||Toyoda Gosei||Affiliates in Japan, total|
- *20 The economic effects calculated here are those that can be ascertained based on solid evidence.
|Global warming prevention (CO2 reduction)||6,179t-CO2|
|Waste reductions (amount reduced)||1,822t|
- *21 Amounts are calculated for Toyoda Gosei alone.