Toyota Kirloskar Motor was recently awarded under the ‘Water Users in Industrial Sector’ category with the TERI Water Sustainability Awards 2022, in collaboration with IWA and UNDP, India. The award portrays the efforts of Toyota in setting-up benchmark practices in becoming a “Water Positive Company”. Having said that, TKM has consciously adopted sustainable business practices over the years. This has further transformed the brand from a carmaker to a mobility company.
Talking about the Water Sustainability Awards, they basically recognize excellence in new approaches, technologies, and other forms of innovation in the water sector as a means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 6. Back in October 2015, Toyota globally announced the ‘Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050’ (TEC 2050) which was in line with the brand's principle ‘Respect for the Planet’. This challenge consisted of six environmental challenges.
“For us at Toyota, the environment is of prime importance and all our initiatives are designed to bring down the environmental impacts and achieve our ultimate goal of ‘Living in Harmony with Nature.’ Through our various efforts, we hope to make a positive impact on the environment and the community around us. The increasing population and dependence on industrial products are causing a water crisis and since water is a shared resource, we all have a responsibility to use it consciously and conserve it. It is an honour receiving this award and we are extremely grateful to the jury of TERI for giving us a platform and recognizing our water conservation initiatives. This has further motivated us to go forward with more energy towards conservation of the most important resource of nature, Water,” as commented by Raju B. Ketkale, Executive Vice President of Toyota Kirloskar Motor.
Toyota has been working hard to achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2050 & moving towards realizing ‘Net Carbon Zero in Manufacturing Operations’ by 2035. The main aim is to achieve net-zero carbon (CO2) emission throughout the entire lifecycle of the brand’s products that goes well beyond vehicles thereby addressing the entire value-chain, including manufacturing activities.
Furthermore, Toyota continues to create awareness amongst its stakeholders on water scenarios & conservation methods through eco-webinars and experience sharing by environmental experts on signature days like World Environment Day and World Water Day. Besides this, Toyota has established an outdoor experiential environment learning centre– ECOZONE which has 17 environment learning themes, interlinked to create awareness on Climate Change, Energy, Water, Waste, and Biodiversity.
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