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Environmental Preservation and Building Environmentally-Friendly Societies

Basic Philosophy

In addition to strengthening the selection and management of chemical substances to create products and processes that are kind to people and the earth, we are improving environmental management in things such as compliance with laws, regulations and customer standards in every country where we do business, based on ISO 14001.

Based on the concept of Nature Positive, we have set coexistence with local communities as one of the materialities(key issues) in our initiatives to conserve biodiversity, and are working on woodlands creation, building of biotopes, and conservation initiatives for tidal flats.

Control of Substances of Concern

To strengthen the management of chemical substances in our products, we control substances that are legally regulated in each country, substances that are self-regulated by automakers, and substances covered by our own company regulations. We monitor the trends in European REACH*1 regulations and the EU RoHS Directive*2 and have a system in place to respond rapidly when these regulations are revised.

To respond to requests from automakers in each country for information on chemical substances in products, we have devised mechanisms and conducted systems for global collective management of chemical substances that we are currently using in Japan, China, Thailand and Vietnam. We will be steadily expanding this system to places where it is not yet in use.

  • *1 Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals
  • *2 Restrictions on the use of specific hazardous substances contained in electrical and electronic equipment
■Chemical Substance Regulations in Each Region
  • *3 Restrictions on the use of substances of concern contained in automobile parts and materials
  • *4 Substances of high concern

Reduced Use of Substances of Concern

In production processes, we are switching to water-based paint and release agents, making painting lines more compact, improving coating efficiency, and making other efforts to reduce Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) substances.

■Volumes and Flow of Emitted PRTR Substances[Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.]

Activities to Eliminate Compliance and Environmental Violations and Complaints

Regular checks are conducted by expert departments and maintenance and management are carried out to ensure legal compliance and no environmental problems or complaints. Preventive activities such as environmental preservation project team activities are also conducted to combat risks. In addition, we analyze problems that occur at other companies, inspect similar facilities including those at domestic and international Group companies, and take preventive measures. Toyoda Gosei had no environmental problems or fines in FY2022.

Proper Disposal and Storage of PCB-Containing Equipment

The law stipulates that hazardous and persistent PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) waste must be disposed of by the end of March 2027. We started outsourcing this disposal in FY2006 for the proper treatment of equipment that contains PCBs. By FY2022, 896 units had been treated. We will continue to process untreated low-concentration PCB waste at an early stage. Until that is completed, appropriate management based on the PCB Special Measures Law is done to prevent runoff and soil contamination.

Category Type No. of units treated Treated weight
High concentration PCB waste material(PCB levels: >5,000 mg/kg) Ballast, power capacitors, etc. 802 units 6.9 tons
Low concentration PCB waste material(PCB levels: 0.5–5,000 mg/kg) Transformers, power capacitors, etc. 94 units 80.3 tons
  • Treatment of PCB waste

Protecting Soil and Groundwater

We carefully monitor and treat soil and groundwater contamination from toxic substances such as trichloroethylene, which was formerly used in cleaning agents. We have established observation wells at each plant, and regularly confirm that there is no soil or groundwater pollution from toxic substances and oils.

Location Target Status of corrective measures
Haruhi Plant Groundwater Purification in progress (proactive treatment, as contamination from off-site sources is possible)
Inazawa Plant Groundwater Because substances we have no history of using have been detected, regular reports to the government contain results of measurements only
*Results below reference values since 2010 (government reports concluded in FY2012)

Risks and Opportunities Related to Biodiversity

We conduct initiatives by identifying risks and opportunities related to biodiversity.

■Risks and Opportunities

Issue Risks Opportunities Response
Reduction of natural capital
  • Reduced earnings and production hindered by difficulty in procurement of raw materials and price hikes
  • Drop in product quality due to deterioration in water quality
  • Loss of trust in the company as a result of damage to surrounding areas from the discharge of contaminated wastewater, etc.
  • Business continuity by securing human resources and raw materials through nature conservation initiatives
  • Sustainable production and enhancement of corporate value by securing good quality water resources through woodlands creation and river conservation
  • Development of more lightweight products
  • Development of recycling technology for raw materials
  • Expanding the use of plant derived biomaterials and recycled materials
  • Strengthened management of wastewater, etc.
Establishment of Medium-to Long-Term Targets

A target of “No net loss of greenery” has been set and actions have been taken to restore greenery to 59 hectares, equivalent to the area of its plant buildings, by 2050. Specifically, the company is taking actions in mountain, river, and sea areas under the slogan, “Working to Save Our Water, the Source of Life on Earth.”

■Scenario for Attaining Targets
■Working to Save Our Water, the Source of Life on Earth
Major Activities for Biodiversity

See more about our other living-with-nature activities on Instagram as below.