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    Environmental Management

    Basic approach

    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.

    Promotion system

    Promotion system

    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.

    Creating a management system for chemical substances

    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

    PRTR substances / VOC emissions [Toyota Boshoku]

    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

    ISO 14001:2015 certification activities

    External audits

    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)

    (Unit: mg/ℓ)
    Name of plant Concentration in groundwater within grounds Current status
    Kariya Plant
    ND~0.007
    FY2017 result:ND~0.023
    FY2018 result:ND~0.007
    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.

    The children showed a great deal of interest in an experiment to clean water using chemicals.
    The children showed a great deal of interest in
    an experiment to clean water using chemicals.

    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.

    Parents and children observe killifish in a wastewater treatment facility as part of an eco tour run by Toyota City.

    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.

    Resource consumption for business activities and emissions causing environmental impact in fiscal 2016

    *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

    CO2 emissions data that has been assured by an independent assurance provider is marked with this ▶
    assurance symbol (click here for details).

    Environmental Accounting

    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.

    (Unit: Millions of yen)
    Environmental accounting Toyota Boshoku Japan affiliates Regions outside Japan
    Investment
    amount Cost
    amount Investment
    amount Cost
    amount Investment
    amount Cost
    amount
    Business area cost Pollution
    prevention
    693
    117
    104
    164
    320
    570
    Global
    environmental
    conservation
    812
    106
    119
    83
    565
    408
    Resource
    circulation
    6
    348
    0
    151
    16
    213
    Administration cost
    0
    330
    0
    53
    0
    243
    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
    Total
    1,516
    1,729
    223
    458
    901
    1,450
    3,245
    681
    2,351
    Aggregate Investment
    amount
    2,640
    Cost
    amount
    3,637

    Depreciation and amortisation is not included in the costs.

    (Unit: Millions of yen)
    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
    Aggregate
    2,709
    (Unit: t-CO2)
    Material effects Toyota Boshoku Japan affiliates Regions outside Japan
    Energy conservation
    3,250
    477
    2,259
    (Unit: t)
    Material effects Toyota Boshoku Japan affiliates Regions outside Japan
    Waste disposal
    1,279
    26
    3,184
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