360° Approach

Toyota's 360 approach to the environment

For Toyota, producing environmentally-friendly vehicles is one small part of the overall picture. We take a 360° approach to the whole lifecycle of the vehicle, starting from its design all the way through to how it can be recycled at the end of its life.

As part of this approach we believe that they should also be produced in sustainable, environmentally-friendly facilities by people who measure their performance in terms of positive social and environmental impact.

By striving to minimise the resources we consume, reduce the amount of energy, water and substances of concern used, as well as the amount of waste created in the manufacturing process, we are continuously reducing the environmental impact of our operations.

In 1992 Toyota established the “Earth Charter” as part of its Global Policy towards environmental protection. The values and commitments of the charter are reflected as core values within Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd’s (TMUK) environmental policy. Since the start of production at TMUK these values have helped us to become a class leader in environmentally friendly manufacturing at both of our UK sites.

Our environmental achievements:

19921st Toyota global manufacturing plant to use water based paint for vehicles.
1993CFC12 vehicle air-con refrigerant replaced with HFC134a.
19961st UK car manufacturer to achieve ISO14001.
1998Low formaldehyde resin developed and introduced in engine casting.
2000Solar panels installed on administration building.
2002All CFC's phased out of production.
20031st UK car manufacturer to achieve zero waste to landfill.
2004Partnership established with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to protect and enhance the ecological value of the site.
Cartridge paint robots introduced to lower VOC emissions.
Reverse Osmosis unit installed to recover used process water.
TMUK awarded BITC Big Tick Award for Excellence - Environmental Impact.
TMUK awarded Severn Trent Water Environment Award - Environmental Excellence.
2005TMUK awarded BITC Big Tick Award for Excellence.
2006TMUK receives Premier Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Award for Management.
2007Burnaston lake registered as "Site of Biological Importance".
Technology to recycle casting sand internally introduced to Deeside.
TMUK receives BITC Big Tick Award for Excellence - Eco Efficiency.
20081st UK car manufacturer to achieve zero waste to incineration.
TMUK nominated as one of 5 Toyota "Sustainable Plant" global manufacturing sites.

TMUK awarded BITC Big Tick Award for Excellence - Environmental Leadership.
TMUK awarded BITC Big Tick Award for Excellence - Eco Efficiency (re-accreditation).
TMUK awarded TMC Global Eco Award.
European Business Awards for the Environment (EBAE) - UK finalist.
20091st Partner of Trent Valley Living Landscapes Initiative.
On-site material recycling facility constructed.
TMUK awarded BITC Big Tick Award for Excellence - Environmental Leadership (re-accreditation).
TMUK awarded BITC Big Tick Award for Excellence - Climate Change.
TMUK awarded BITC East Midlands Carbon Positive Pioneer Award.
TMUK receives Premier Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Award for Process.
20101st European manufacturer of Hybrid Vehicle.
TMUK awarded BITC Big Tick Award for Excellence - Environmental Leadership.
TMUK awarded BITC Big Tick Award for Excellence - Climate Change (re-accreditation).
2011Largest Solar PV array on a UK manufacturing site installed.
Internal recycling of aluminium swarf at Deeside Engine Plant.
TMUK awarded BITC Big Tick Award for Excellence - Environmental Leadership (re-accreditation).
TMUK awarded BITC Big Tick Award for Excellence - Climate Change (re-accreditation).
2012Biodiversity Improvement Project
An innovative approach to integrate our manufacturing site into a natural landscape, restoring different habits and improving connectivity between them.
2014Toyota announces auto industry-first partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.