Our world faces many challenges, from climate change and air quality to energy efficiency and security. The new Toyota Yaris clearly shows the efforts we have made to produce a car that is right for modern urban life and driving conditions and which respects the environment.
The years a vehicle spends on the road are the longest and most critical stage in its life cycle in terms of impact on the environment. We are constantly seeking new and better ways of minimising that impact, supporting our New Vehicle Zero CO2 challenge.
There are key features in the new Yaris designed to address this aspect of environmental performance. For example, we use lightweight components to help improve fuel efficiency. Design details that reduce the car’s air resistance also support better fuel economy when travelling at higher speeds.
The 4th generation Yaris is powered by the 4th generation of the Toyota Hybrid System, achieving the lowest fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in its market segment.
When it comes to finding ways of reducing CO2 emissions, we look at a vehicle’s entire life cycle, from design and production, through customer ownership and driving to ultimate disposal and recycling. This scrutiny is helping us meet our Life Cycle Zero CO2 challenge.
We try to develop each new model in a way that will deliver better environmental performance than its predecessor. We assess each car’s overall environmental impact in accordance with the international standard ISO 14040/44.
You can see the results for the new Toyota Yaris in the graph below.
We are committed to making our manufacturing more environmentally efficient as well, reducing CO2 emissions, minimising waste, conserving natural resources and recycling and reusing wherever we can. To contribute to our commitment, we are continuously streamlining and simplifying our manufacturing processes, moving us towards our Plant Zero CO2 goal.
At the facility where the Yaris is produced, we’re capturing renewable energy with a photovoltaic membrane across 1020m2 of the roof and a 400m2 solar wall. In common with all our European production sites, it uses 100% green electricity.
In a recent innovation, the plant introduced a system to heat the air in the plastic painting process that produces no carbon emissions. This is a Toyota world-first that was named the best example of Kaizen – continuous improvement – in Europe in 2020 and went on to win second place in the 2021 Toyota’s Global Eco-Awards.
Applying this solution has reduced energy consumption in the process by 84% and CO2 emissions by 100% and achieved a drastic 66% saving in annual costs.
The Toyota Water Usage Optimising policy is our commitment to finding ways of consuming as little water as possible in manufacturing (water quantity). It also ensures that any wastewater we produce is safely purified before it’s returned to the local environment (water quality).
The Yaris production plant in France was one of the first Toyota facilities in the world to adopt wastewater recycling and rainwater harvesting methods. Thanks to these activities, it set a new record of going 330 days without having to buy water from the supply network. After use, the water is treated to ensure high cleanliness levels before it is discharged into a local river.
Since the start of production at the site, the amount of water used in the making of each car has been reduced by almost half (46%).
Through our Resource Recycling Challenge, we focus on the efficient use of resources in all areas of our business, in particular the parts and materials used to make our vehicles. The new Yaris has been designed so that it is 85% recyclable, with 95% of its parts being recoverable.
Raw materials are a finite resource, so Toyota is constantly researching ways to help build a more resource-efficient economy. At the Yaris factory, 100% of the waste produced is re-used and/or recycled, with no waste going to landfill since 2007.
The amount of waste produced per car has been reduced by more than two thirds (68%) since production began.
Our challenge to achieve Harmony with Nature is not just about protecting the world around us. It is about improving the environment, creating new habitats for plants and wildlife, fostering biodiversity and creating a sustainable society.
The Yaris production centre is one of our “Harmony with Nature” sites where events take place throughout the year focusing on ways of enhancing the natural world.
These include tree-planting projects, green classes for children and partnerships on environmental initatives with local groups and organisations. There are more than 250 plant species on site, with biodiversity encouraged with the planting of a flower meadow that’s allowed to bloom and seed before cutting.