In conjunction with climate change, deforestation, population increases, and other issues, the problems of water shortages, deterioration of water quality, and flooding, which are worsening on a global scale, are environmental risks that could severely impact our business activities. With an understanding that the sustainable use of water resources is a key issue, we have made water an explicit part of the Toyota Tsusho Group's Environmental Policy and we are actively working to reduce water consumption and reuse water.
To this end, we have formulated a water management plan within our ISO 14001 environmental management system. We have also set targets for one Group companies with high water burdens and are working to reduce those burdens.
The one out of 569 Group companies that have formulated water management plans account for 0.2% of the total.
Toyota Tsusho Group Water Usage Initiatives
The Toyota Tsusho Group is cognizant that the sustainable use of water resources is a crucial issue and expressly indicates this in its Group environmental policies. The Group is working to raise use efficiency and reduce usage by optimizing usage and implementing comprehensive re-use. We are working to reduce water consumption by reusing rain water in the washrooms at our Nagoya Head Office.
We evaluated water risks in countries where we operate using the WRI Aqueduct water risk assessment tool and identified regions in India and other countries at risk of severe water shortages, flooding, and so on (water-stressed regions). We conduct business in these regions with an understanding of the risks. To address the water released by business sites in Japan, we periodically maintain and manage water treatment facilities and conduct thorough management and monitoring of the concentrations of contaminants in waste water in accordance with voluntary standards.
The Group has no facilities, assets, production, or revenue in water stressed regions of Japan. In addition, we are not in violation of any national or regional licensing standards or restrictions concerning water quality or usage (including legal violations).
Our affiliate Techno Trends Auto Park Pvt Ltd. (India) is working to reduce water consumption by reusing waste water it has treated in-house for gardening and domestic waste water. It is also implementing initiatives to prevent waste water from being discharged outside its premises to protect the living environment of surrounding residents.
Toyata Tsusho assesses and discloses the following
- Water Consumption(Domestic Offices)
- Water Consumption(Overseas Offices)
- Toyota Tsusho Office Water Intake and Release Volumes
- Biomass Power Generation Related Water Intake Volume(1,000m2)
- Total water withdrawal(by source)
- Number of Sites by Water Risk Level
- Water Consumption(Water Stress Regions)
- Water management plans in water stressed region
|Shimane (1,000 m3)||295||283||260|
|Ehime (1,000 m3)||398||403||375|
|Amount of water withdrawal (unit: 1,000m3)||Rivers, lakes, and natural ponds||0||0||18|
|Wells and boreholes (groundwater)||1,001||607||6,984|
|Water collected at the mining site||0||0||0|
|City water (potable water)||1,216||1,189||3,245|
|Water collected from the ocean||0||0||0|
|Medium - High||60|
|Low - Medium||180|
|Target||(Office) Fiscal 2021: 26% reduction in water usage compared to fiscal 2020 (45 liters/employee/day)|
|Result||(Office) Fiscal 2021: Water usage of 32 liters/employee/day|
Third Party Certification
Third-party certification has been obtained from LRQA Group Limited for a portion of the performance data above.