Saturday, January 18, 2014

Toyota's Resource Efficiency: Best Practice in Integrating Industrial Sustainability and Eliminating Waste

Resource efficiency is the rage in 2014 and Toyota is one of the world’s most resource efficient companies. Simply put Toyota abhors waste and here is a summary of Toyota's secrets to achieve radical resource efficiency.  Steve Hope, General Manager Environmental Affairs and Corporate Citizenship, Toyota Motor Europe, explains how Toyota has dramatically improved its resource efficiency, reducing its energy, water and waste per vehicle by 70%, 75% and 60% respectively from 1993 to 2007. This video effectively summarizes the systems, processes, culture, enablers, tools and habits that have helped Toyota to reach the top of their industry.

To help viewers understand Toyota's approach to resource efficiency, Hope employed two Japanese terms, Kaizen and Yokoten. Kaizen is a Japanese word that can be roughly translated as improvements or change for the better. It is important to note that these improvements are not necessarily continuous. To make good improvements at least three elements must be addressed and they knowledge, standardized process and controlled risk. The other Japanese term essential to Toyota's resource efficiency success is Yokoten, or in this context sharing.

This Presentation took place at the Annual Conference for the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Industrial Sustainability on September 10-11, 2013 at Magdalene College, Cambridge. The theme of the conference was 'Integrating Industrial Sustainability'.

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