Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has achieved 100 percent carbon neutrality in renewable energy from June 2021. This includes TKM’s manufacturing plant at Bidadi and 8 on-site supplier companies. The achievement has resulted in offsetting carbon amounting to 16,635.54 tonnes in the first six months of FY2022.
In 2015, Toyota globally announced the “Toyota Environment Challenge 2050”. The vision aims to achieve Net ZERO CO2 from the products, across life cycle and manufacturing. Further, the next set of challenges aims towards creating a positive impact on the environment by water conservation, establishing a recycling-based society and living in harmony with nature.
In-line with the Toyota Environment Challenge 2050, under its Challenge 3 of Plant Zero C02 Emissions, TKM had started its journey towards greening its energy source and has made substantial step-up over the years. In FY2014, TKM gradually increased Green Energy procurement to meet the energy requirements. The solar projects and other schemes of the Government of Karnataka helped to achieve sustainable growth of TKM’s energy usage. To further enhance supply of renewable energy, TKM installed roof-top solar power plants and ground mount facilities at its Bidadi premises with a combined capacity of 8.2 MW and installation of 18 MW capacity of dedicated solar park outside the company.
Marking TKM’s achievement, Raju B Ketkale, deputy managing director, Manufacturing-TKM said, “All our initiatives are designed towards lowering our environmental impact and achieving the goal of ‘Living in Harmony with Nature’. Going forward, in our pursuit to achieve a holistic vision of net zero carbon emissions, we will continue to further strengthen our eco efforts.”
Globally, Toyota has revised its target timeline of achieving Challenge 3 - Plant Zero CO2 to 2035 from 2050, wherein all the manufacturing facilities of Toyota shall become carbon neutral by 2035. Going forward, TKM will continue to work towards creating mobility solutions and building a sustainable society in harmony with nature.