TKM has been certified with ISO-14001 since 2001, through the certification agency called AJA (Anglo-Japanese American) Registrars, Thailand. We expanded the scope of ISO-14001 certification to the new manufacturing plant located at Bidadi and also to the Regional facility located at Pune. The regional facility was awarded with Zero Non-conformance in 2013, the first year of system implementation.
Environment committee core members are identified and nominated by each functional area to carryout, sustain and promote environment initiatives. Selected members are provided internal auditor training and are then involved in system implementation and quarterly ISO4001 audits which provide them an opportunity to implement their learning and enhance the same. As a result of this combined effort. TKM's Plant 1 and Plant 2 manufacturing units including regional facilities have undergone surveillance audit in the year 2013 and have been awarded with Zero Non Conformance.
Environmental Management System acts as a backbone of all operations and focuses on reducing environmental impact on the community and other entities. Toyota has established a Consolidated Environmental Management System (EMS) at all its affiliates including TKM. The Toyota EMS is designed to make Toyota an eco-friendly company and EMS acts a foundation for reducing environment impact.
The Toyota EMS concept is based on three key pillars
- Ensuring compliance & No complaints
- Minimizing Environmental risk
- Achieving best Environmental performance
a) Rain water harvesting pond
As a responsible corporate, TKM has been continuously working towards reducing fresh water consumption in its operation. Membrane Bioreactor & Reverse Osmosis technologies are set up at both the manufacturing plants for recycling and reuse of wastewater. 60% of total recycled water is used back in the production.
In continuation to the efforts of reducing fresh water consumption in production process, a rain water harvesting structure with a built-in area of 14500 m2 and a water storage capacity of 25000 m3 is constructed within the premises.
Total surface run-off and roof top water of the campus collected in the tank is processed and reused in the production.
b) Rain water harvesting pond
TKM receives about 331262 m3 of fresh water from KIADB every year. This water is utilized for both domestic and industrial purposes. In line with the philosophy "Zero Discharge", TKM has been promoting activities to reduce water consumption at the source. It is achieved through 2 distinct strategies.
- Optimization of consumption through kaizen
- Installation of high end technologies for recycle & reuse
The fine CETP treated water quality is enhanced after the installation of MBR and RO that has in turn improved the quality and quantity of the recycled waste water. All the waste water is treated and utilized in the plant (Gardening & Afforestation, Domestic- Car wash, flushing, Industrial). The company also proactively promotes re-use and optimal use of water.
Steel is an essential raw material for the passenger car automobile industry as it constitutes up to 23 percent of the weight of the final finished product. Steel consumption has an impact on both the business operations and environment as it involves large CO2 emissions throughout its life cycle, right from mining to its scrapping & re-utilization.
The objective of reducing steel wastage is to maximize the yield as well as reduce the carbon footprint. We have been driving initiatives for "Steel Yield Improvement" under 3 Tier concepts. With the result of potential Kaizens identification and implementation by the previously established special task force, we could further improve the steel yield ratio compared to the previous years.