The automobile industry has entered a once-in-a-century stage of profound transformation. The birth and evolution of advanced technologies, such as autonomous driving, artificial intelligence (AI), and the Internet of Things (IoT), are poised to greatly expand mobility potential. The Toyota Tsusho Group sees these environmental changes as business opportunities and will undertake initiatives such as using material innovation, autonomous driving and advanced safe driving support technologies, and improving traffic infrastructure. We thereby aim to reduce the number of road accidents and achieve zero traffic casualties and contribute to the development of a safe and comfortable mobility society.
Climate change is a major issue that affects all life on earth. To tackle this issue, the Toyota Tsusho Group is actively increasing sales of next-generation eco-cars (HEVs, PHEVs, BEVs and FCEVs), developing infrastructure such as hydrogen stations, reducing vehicle weights by using alternate materials, and securing lithium resources that support increased production of the automobile batteries essential for eco-cars. We are also using the knowledge we have accrued through our experience with renewable energy business, such as wind and solar power generation, together with various innovative technologies to contribute to the realization of a sustainable carbon neutral society by reducing automobile CO2 emissions and CO2 emissions throughout product lifecycles, including in the logistics business, and contributing to the elimination of CO2 emissions from plants.
- *Renewable energy includes wind power (including offshore windpower), solar power, geothermal power, hydroelectric power, and wood biomass power.
Natural resources are not limitless. We must reduce our impact on the environment by efficiently using and recycling these resources. As a trading company involved in manufacturing, taking into consideration the global environment and securing and stably providing resources is a vital mission of the Toyota Tsusho Group. To effectively use these limited resources, we will develop recycling businesses, including recovery and processing of recyclable resources from scrap generated from ELVs, in markets, and at plants. We will secure resources through urban mining, and turn waste into resources, for example, by reusing used vehicles and parts, thereby contributing to the development of a recycling-based society.
The Toyota Tsusho Group undertakes local infrastructure and industrial development, job creation, and other measures through our automotive and other business activities to resolve social issues in developing countries in Africa and other regions. In Kenya, we are working as a strategic business partner in a national project aimed at supporting the realization of the country's national vision. We use the results as a pilot model to promote the autonomy of local residents and to support the growth of the Toyota Tsusho Group. Those initiatives include development of basic infrastructure for better living environments and provision of opportunities for occupational training.
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that contributes to the creation of prosperous societies.