Toyota and the Environment

Toyota regards the protection of the global environment as one of its top priority concerns. At every stage of a vehicle's life, Toyota strives to protect the environment through reducing energy use and minimising waste.

Toyota's commitment to the environment extends to all areas of its operations. In 1992, its Global Policy established action guidelines known as Toyota's 'Earth Charter'.

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Toyota Manufacturing UK's environmental policy reflects Toyota's global earth charter. It was Toyota's first overseas plant and the UK's first car manufacturer to achieve ISO14001 certification. It was also the first overseas Toyota plant to use waterborne paints and the first UK car plant to achieve zero waste to landfill. In 2009, Toyota Manufacturing UK achieved zero incineration.

The production of vehicles and engines in factories has the potential to impact on the environment. To ensure that car manufacturing can make more with less, Toyota developed its world-famous Toyota Production System (TPS) several decades ago. Over the years, TPS has also evolved to include environmental targets.

 Toyota's Production System?

  • eliminates waste
  • reduces energy usage
  • minimises use of raw materials
  • delivers standardised quality


  • applying best practice in all processes ("Yokoten")
  • continuous improvement ("Kaizen")
  • going to the source to find the facts ("Genchi Genbutsu")
  • just-in-time production by 'pulling' products through the production line active involvement from all team members.

Performance and targets

Toyota has established a set of key performance indicators (KPI’s) for each of the most significant aspects of production. The key performance indicators are: energy usage, water usage, waste and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) released from the painting process.

To download Toyota Manufacturing UK's KPI history, please on the link below.

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At Toyota Manufacturing UK, since the start of our operations in 1992, we have continued to seek ways to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. Our Burnaston plant performance in each of these environmental KPI’s is shown below. Each year, we continue to set targets to improve our results. Our performance is reported on a consolidated basis, along with all other European Manufacturing Companies and published in Toyota Motor Europe’s annual Sustainability Report.

To view Toyota Manufacturing UK's Environmental and Energy Policy, please click the link below.

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