Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK - sustainable manufacturing

Sustainable Products and Services Award 2014, Big Tick, Reaccredited, 2015, 2016.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) aims to create a sustainable eco-plant, and constantly seek to stabilise, and eventually reduce to zero, their key emissions and use of resources.

Social and environmental impacts

  • Reduced absolute emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from 1,000 tonnes in 2012 to less than 270 tonnes now by reducing paint and solvent consumption.
  • Reduced energy consumption from a peak of 445,232,558 kwh in 2003 to less than 295,000,000 kWh in 2012. Consumption per vehicle has also reduced, from over 5,000 kwh in 1993 to 2,463 at the end of 2012.
  • Restoration of 202,334m2 of habitat between 2010 and 2020 is underway, consisting of meadow, wetlands, woodland and hedgerows.

Business impacts

  • Substantial investments made in new technology have reduced costs by delivering lower material usage and emissions and impacting on the longer term sustainability of operations.
  • Sharing of best practice via TMUK's "Yokoten” methodology has helped leverage the benefits of TMUK's activities and leadership across Toyota's European and global business operations.
  • Promoting sustainable plant has led to positive media coverage in national and local media, increasing positive perceptions of TMUK’s approach to environmental leadership amongst stakeholders.

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The environment is a priority issue for Toyota. As a business we are working hard to consolidate our position as one of the global leaders in environmental sustainability. Since the start of our operations in 1992, we have continued to seek ways to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. Our aim is to be an eco-plant, building eco products by eco-minded employees.

- Shigeru Teramoto,
Managing Director, Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK
TMUK is the designated European plant, leading sustainable manufacturing and setting the benchmark for Toyota's European manufacturing operations.  The company is seeking to increase its positive impact on three core environmental issues in order to achieve sustainable manufacturing, resource depletion, climate change, and biodiversity loss.

In the short to medium term the company aims to achieve stabilisation of key resources and emissions. In the long term the aim is to reduce emissions to zero or a minimal sustainable level, and at sustainable cost. It has made large steps toward this by introducing innovative technology, which improves environmental performance, such as 'steamless plant', which cuts energy use.

The company has also invested in renewable energy, with an on-site solar array generating 9Gw since 2011.

Partnerships with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the Royal Botanical Gardens (Kew) have helped TMUK integrate the manufacturing site into natural landscape and increase biodiversity on it. Restoration and maintenance of four types of habitat has taken place around the site, and the connectivity between them has been improved.  Seeds harvested from TMUK's wetland meadows are sent to Kew for use in other wetland meadow restoration projects and research. 

Employees of the company are engaged around environmental issues in a number of ways, including talks and a yearly Eco day, as well as a points-based recognition system for environmental action and TMUK's, Eco Eye Award which rewards individual environmental excellence with a ceremony and small gift.

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