Toyota Industries Coorporation (TICO) started this transformational journey over 25 years ago. Toyota Material Handling Europe has a leading role to play in driving change within the industry, the future of which will be carbon-free. Toyota Material Handling has now publicly committed to achieve being carbon-free by 2030 within their own operations.
This zero emissions target is supported by the 2050 Environmental Vision of Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) and their Sixth Environmental Action Plan, which is an ambitious climate change roadmap. The energy policy also complies with the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, and with the national legislation in several European countries.
As a response to this, Toyota Material Handling Europe has set up an energy policy, which summarises the expectations of its stakeholders, such as customers, owners and regulators. Each with high but different expectations, which are summarised in a clear way in this roadmap for leaders of each Toyota Material Handling entity to follow and adapt their energy strategy within the company.
Toyota Material Handling's energy policy is based on 3 pillars and targets for 2030:
- Net zero emissions from their own operations, with milestones for zero carbon electricity by 2021 and ISO 50001 certification for all entities by 2025;
- Mapping emissions in their supply chain and partnering with suppliers to develop low-carbon alternatives;
- Developing a full product range of zero-carbon products and solutions by 2030, with a view that all solutions operating at customer sites are zero carbon by 2050.
"The industry of the future will be carbon-free, so as Toyota we are taking the lead in transforming our industry. Our next milestone is to become fully carbon-free by 2030 in our own operations"
- Tom Schalenbourg, Director Sustainable Development at Toyota Material Handling Europe
Implementing the energy policy
Toyota Material Handling Europe's goal is to have zero carbon emissions in the entire business by 2050. One of the ways to achieve zero carbon emissions is to get the ISO50001 certification in all European entities. Any ISO system is a formal commitment to implement a continuous improvement approach (Kaizen); in case of ISO50001 the focus is on energy efficiency. Using less energy to produce the same business output helps to reduce cost and creates an opportunity to invest in a faster transition to green energy.
ISO50001 is a management system that starts with an energy audit by external parties, and identifies opportunities such as switching to LED lighting, automation, eco-driving, etc. Each local entity was requested to make a report with priorities, which is the basis for an action plan with projects to achieve the certification based on their energy audit. The projects should be continuously followed up, and policies updated based on this; all according to the PDCA (plan, do, check, act) approach. One example of this can be to apply 5S to service vans and hereby reduce the weight and consequent energy loss. Another example is to move to an A-rated building in order to lower emissions.
There are more ways to reduce energy waste besides ISO50001. One of them that has been successful within Toyota Material Handling Europe is more transparency among entities: by collecting the energy performance from every entity and reporting it on a yearly basis. This empowers companies to look at their own consumption and consider opportunities for improvements.