Toyota Pioneers Automaker Energy Management in Japan

Toyota Motor Corporation became the first company in Japan's automobile manufacturing industry to acquire the international energy management system certification ISO 50001, which requires the introduction of comprehensive companywide measures to use energy more efficiently.

As a part of its efforts to achieve zero emissions across the entire company, even at plants and production technology R&D facilities, Toyota has supplemented its existing energy management measures by introducing and employing systems based on ISO 50001. Toyota will build a highly effective energy management system taking into consideration social trends and critical issues such as global warming for achieve maximum effect.

ISO 50001 is an international standard set forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) concerning energy management systems. It provides a framework for organizations to integrate energy management into overall efforts to improve quality and environmental management. Like the ISO 14001 energy management standard, the ISO 50001 standard was adopted with the aim of continuously improving energy performance through the creation and operation of energy management systems centred on the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle.

In South Africa, Toyota is making great strides towards energy management systems. A dedicated Environmental Engineering department has been established to work towards the organisation’s environmental goals. In recognition of the organisation’s results, Toyota South Africa was awarded the Energy Company of the Year award by the Southern African Association of Energy Efficiency in 2014 for the second consecutive year.

In addition to this, Toyota South Africa also runs a yearly programme to maintain their ISO 14001 certification. This programme involves all areas of the business.

“Energy efficiency is a collective effort and for this reason, we mobilise the whole company to assist us with our projects. We are proud of the strides we have made to address Energy management in this country. We continue to work towards being an energy efficient business including our entire supply chain. We stay motivated to ensure all our projects yield optimum results with no effects on quality, safety and production,” says Calvyn Hamman, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Toyota South Africa.

“We would like to congratulate TMC on their achievement. We commend them for leading the way in energy efficiency and management in the automotive industry,” adds Hamman.

Toyota will continue its measures for environmental management and plans to expand systems across Japan and eventually to plants and affiliates worldwide.