Toyota Kirloskar Motor sets the stage to become Zero CO2 Emissi
January, 2017, Chennai: Toyota Kirloskar Motor recently released its Annual Sustainability Report 2017 charting the company’s sustainability perspectives and performance for FY 2016-17. Based on the theme ‘Nurturing Inclusive Growth’ the eighth annual report highlights the company’s efforts to foster inclusive and sustainable growth by engaging, collaborating and involving all its stakeholders.
The report was jointly released by Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman -Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Mr. Kan Asaine, Director - Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Mr. Akitoshi Takemura, Senior Vice President - Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Mr. Raju B. Ketkale, Senior Vice President - Toyota Kirloskar Motor. Reflecting the company’s business values, sustainability perspectives along with its economic, social and environmental performances presented are well aligned with the Global Reporting Initiative [G4 framework] linked to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs].
Highlighting Toyota’s Global Environmental Challenge 2050, TKM’s first long-term vision towards environment and social sustainability, the report outlines Toyota’s vision for a greener tomorrow with six challenges in line with UN-2015 posts Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs]. Out of the total 17 challenges, 12 are directly linked to the six environmental challenges declared by Toyota.
Over the years, TKM has driven energy and water conservation, CO2 emission reduction, waste minimization at its premises through continuous improvements in manufacturing processes and value chain. In alignment with Environment Challenge 2050, annual targets are set in TKM’s Sixth Five Year Environmental Action Plan (2016-2021) towards reducing the carbon footprints.
To realize the goal of ‘below 2 degree’, at COP 21,TKM is contributing towards nation’s goal by addressing climate change at its plant premises. TKM’s low-carbon strategy focuses on reduction in energy consumption, introduction of energy efficient processes and systems.
Toyota has been periodically evaluating various power trading platforms to assess viable renewable energy and has been successful in substantially increasing its renewable energy procurement during 2016. One of the key milestones towards this effort is 38% of the total energy demand of TKM is being met through alternate renewable energy of which 14.9% is from hydro power and 23.7% from wind power. TKM aspires to meet approximately 50% of total energy demand with renewable sources by 2020.
Aligned with National Solar Vision 2022, TKM has taken a vital step towards self-sustainable energy system. Under this, 2.7 MW roof top solar plant with energy generation capacity of 38.5 lakh units and 500 KW ground mount solar plant has been set-up to meet its’ internal energy requirements.
The bio-gasified plant at the premises transforms the wet food waste into methane rich bio-gas. The generated bio-gas is utilized in one of the in-house canteens. It has caused LPG reduction by 280 kg/month. The bio-manure generated is used for gardening purposes.
Apart from the eco-friendly energy generation and procurement, TKM has also set-up multi task forces of which Logistics Sub-committee is one which works towards optimizing its freight transportation services.The committee is carrying out truck loading efficiency improvement, alternate mode of transportation, distance optimization and mix logistics, to drastically cut down on the emissions from the freight transportation operations.
TKM over the years has achieved significant reduction in fresh water consumption with various efforts to conserve water. The Combined Effluent Treatment Plant [CETP] at the premises along with Membrane Bio Reactor [MBR] and Reverse Osmosis [RO] technology and the rainwater harvesting pond of 25000 m3 capacity have significantly reduced the fresh water consumption at TKM. This has ensured ‘Zero Liquid Discharge’ from manufacturing facility. Presently, 92.4% of the manufacturing water demand is met by recycled