Toy­ota SA goes green

The Citizen (KZN) - - Business - Roy Cokayne Money­web ‘Fairly stiff tar­gets’ Zero CO2 ac­tion plan

Toy­ota South Africa Mo­tors is in­vest­ing in so­lar en­ergy at its man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Prospec­ton in Dur­ban, with the aim of achiev­ing zero car­bon diox­ide (CO2) emis­sions from the fac­tory by 2050.

Toy­ota SA pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive Andrew Kirby con­firmed the com­pany has been in­stalling pho­to­voltaic (PV) pan­els around its plant site since 2016. Three megawatts (MW) of so­lar power was in­stalled at a cost of R33 mil­lion – sav­ing 3 600 tons of CO2 a year.

These ini­tia­tives in­volved gen­er­at­ing so­lar power from PV pan­els on the roofs of its blank­ing plant, paint plant, Hi­Ace plant and chas­sis plant.

Kirby said at a re­cent Toy­ota State of the Mo­tor In­dus­try event that Toy­ota SA has set it­self some fairly stiff tar­gets and the aim of its over­all road map is to gen­er­ate 16MW of so­lar power at its plant by 2025.

“We have a day and night shift and when we com­bine both, [so­lar power] will equate to around 22% of our to­tal con­sump­tion in the plant and save us 20 000 tons of CO2 a year... this is prob­a­bly one of the big­ger ini­tia­tives that we have.”

Toy­ota SA re­ported last month it will be in­vest­ing R4.28 bil­lion in SA, which will cre­ate more than 1 500 jobs – a third of which will be at its Dur­ban plant.

Of this, R928 mil­lion will be for en­vi­ron­men­tal in­vest­ments, pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity up­grades and tool­ing for new mod­els, in­clud­ing the new Corolla Quest.

Kirby said Toy­ota SA’s en­vi­ron­men­tal tar­gets and strat­egy are largely set by the di­rec­tion Toy­ota Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC) takes glob­ally. TMC has es­tab­lished six key per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors with clear tar­gets to 2050 in terms of the Toy­ota Global 2050 En­vi­ron­men­tal Chal­lenge.

The zero CO2 ac­tion in­volves in­creased elec­tric ve­hi­cle sales, life­cy­cle CO2 re­duc­tions at sup­pli­ers, lo­gis­tics and deal­ers, and zero CO2 from man­u­fac­tur­ing.

The net pos­i­tive im­pact of these ac­tions is to re­duce wa­ter us­age and wa­ter risk. It also has a zero waste ini­tia­tive, in­clud­ing end-of-life ve­hi­cle recycling, as well as sus­tain­able plant ac­tiv­i­ties.

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