Highlights of Environmental Initiatives in FY2002
Development and Design
Recycling and Sales/After Sales
Automobile Peripheral
and Other Businesses
Environmental Education/
Special Story
Consolidated Environmental Management
  Main Companies Subject to Consolidated EMS
  FY2002 Action Policies and Results
  TMC Support to Companies
Subject to Consolidated EMS
  Environmental Initiatives at Companies Subject to Consolidated EMS
  Global Expansion of Best Practices of Environmental Improvement
  Global Environmental Data
  [ Example of Environmental Initiatives ] Yutaka Seimitsu Kogyo, Ltd.
    TMMK (USA)
    TDB (Brazil)
    TFR (France)
Environment-Related Awards Received by Toyota
Continued Reporting of
Environmental Aspects
Chronological Table
Conserving Energy Thanks to Abundant Solar Power and Supporting Wild Bird Protection in Return
Indaiatuba Plant, Brazil
Toyota do Brasil LTDA (TDB), established in 1958, was Toyota's first overseas vehicle production and sales company. Until November 2001, TDB had been producing a Land Cruiser model (local model name Bandeirante). Currently, TDB has two operating plants under its control: the Indaiatuba Plant which produces the Corolla, and the Sao Bernardo Plant, which has been transformed into a parts manufacturing plant for the Corolla and the Hilux produced in Argentina. TDB has approximately 1,600 employees. It produced approximately 20,000 Corollas in 2002, and sold approximately 26,000 units, including those imported from Japan and Argentina.
Reducing Environmental Impact at Plants
The Sao Bernardo Plant and the Indaiatuba Plant obtained ISO 14001 certification in March 1999 and April 2001, respectively. Based on the Environmental Action Guidelines established in FY2000, both plants have been actively implementing measures to achieve their environmental goals for 2005.
Reducing VOC Emissions
TDB has reduced VOC emissions by introducing body and bumper painting robots, as well as hand-held electrostatic guns, eliminating waste in painting operations.
Additionally, TDB has also been taking a multi-faceted approach, for example by improving the recovery rate for the purge solvent used when changing paint colors and switching to a water-based solvent for cleaning equipment.
  •VOC Emissions (Indaiatuba Plant)
Promoting Recycling of Waste
Through the participation of all of its employees, TDB has reduced the volume of waste generated and is also successfully recycling 94% of the waste generated by individual divisions and processes by keeping detailed records on the waste and sorting it.   •Volume of Waste Generated per Vehicle (Indaiatuba Plant)
Conserving Water
Various water-conservation measures have been implemented, with a focus on reuse, such as reusing the rinse water discharged from the pre-treatment process at the paint shop for a previous process.
Energy Conservation Measures
Since more than 90% of electricity in Brazil is hydroelectrically generated, CO2 emissions from power generation are much lower than in other regions of the world.
However, this heavy reliance on water can also be a curse. The power shortage of 2001 caused by drought is still fresh in people's memories.
Therefore, TDB has been actively implementing energy conservation measures. For example, TDB uses the heat from boilers to preheat the water to be supplied to the boilers, and has installed solar panels on building rooftops to take advantage of the stable sunlight level in the region, using the generated heat for the pre-treatment process at the paint shop. These measures also help to greatly reduce TDB's operating costs.

Solar panels installed on plant rooftop
  •Energy Consumption per Vehicle (Indaiatuba Plant)

*Press, molding, engine assembly, logistics center
Reforestation Project
Within the Indaiatuba Plant site, 450,000m2 of land was left unused and was planted with trees. A forest of this size is considered necessary to absorb the CO2 emitted from the plant.
Supporting the Blue Macaw Conservation Project
Toyota vehicles being used in the Blue Macaw Conservation Project
Since 1991, TDB has been supporting a project to protect the Blue Macaw (locally known as "araras azuis"), a wild bird that is facing the risk of extinction. TDB has so far donated one Bandeirante and two Hilux vehicles, which are providing essential transportation for the project in the Pantanal (wetland) region. The project has successfully tripled the number of Blue Macaws in the past 13 years.
Cooperation with Business Partners
In addition to environmental preservation efforts at the plant, TDB issued the "Supplier Environmental Guidelines" to parts and materials manufacturers, and all of the targeted companies are aiming to obtain ISO 14001 certification by 2005. TDB also issued the "Dealer Environmental Guidelines" to dealers in 2002, and has been supporting model dealers in their efforts toward obtaining ISO 14001 certification.
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