Harnessing Renewable Energy
As a part of Eco-initiative drives, we have set-up a Bio-gasifier plant to convert food waste generated at TKM through canteen operations into a non-polluting and renewable source of energy, biogas. The Bio-methanization technology adopted at TKM treats food waste hygienically by transforming wet food waste into methane rich Biogas and Bio manure.
The technology has helped reduce LPG consumption in canteen and created an opportunity to generate and utilize renewable energy.
|Capacity of the Biogas unit:||1.5 Tons of food waste / day|
|Expected generation of Biogas:||100 - 120 M3 / Day|
|Reduction in LPG consumption:||40 - 50 Kg of LPG / Day|
|Generation of Manure:||140 Kg / Day|
Reduction of CO2
TKM has constantly been striving to reduce CO2 emissions from all its activities as a part of greenhouse gas emissions abatement initiative so as to ensure a sustainable future for tomorrow. TKM has identified three different areas of logistics i.e. external, internal and vehicle logistics.
The main criteria concerned for reduction of CO2 in the logistics activity are distance reduction, fuel efficiency improvement, loading efficiency optimization, mixed logistics, Milk run and periodic assessment, volume efficiency improvement, driving skill enhancement, alternate fuel & alternate equipments.
Toyota being an automobile manufacturing company utilizes a large amount of resources and as a result liberates gases such as NO2, SO2, VOC, CO2. Automotive industry being a carbon-intensive sector, resource availability and efficiency plays a key role in impacting production as well as creating a low-carbon society.
With an aim to live in harmony with Nature, TKM is working towards reducing its carbon footprint in every area possible. Annually targets are set in order to reduce the consumption trend and this is achieved by implementing Kaizens.
CO2 Emission Reduction
Enhancement of Truck load capacity utilization
TKM supplies service parts to all Regional parts distribution centers located across the India. The light commercial vehicles (LCV) were used to distribute parts to few parts distribution centers. It was identified that 20% of the capacity of LCV was used based on the load requirement of distribution centers.
With an objective of enhancing the truck utilization or efficiency of vehicle detailed study was conducted and arrived at changing the distribution vehicle and also route standardization. After the detailed analysis LCV's are currently replaced by smaller vehicle.
The modifications helped in enhancing the truck load capacity utilization from 20% to 80% along with the distance reduction. This has ultimately resulted in reduction of 10.3 tons of CO2 emission per year and savings of 0.28 Mn rupees in a year.
Eco-drive by Employee Commutation team
The commutation team at TKM took up initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions from its operations by implementing various Kaizens on fuel consumption reduction.
Alternate Route usage: Some vehicles were taking a longer route though there were no pick-up points after a certain area. All connecting routes between different areas of Bangalore and TKM were identified and later implemented usage of shorter routes that which in turn saved a lot of time and the total travel distance of the vehicle also came down.
Route standardization based on member's availability: Constant monitoring of the capacity utilization of vehicles has resulted in each vehicle being allotted a particular route based on the number of travellers wherein it would also cover other pickup points on the way to TKM, depending on the seat availability.
Cancellation of NICE road usage during empty movement: (NICE road: 6 lane private tolled expressway that connects the important parts of Bangalore). The NICE road facility is used for commutation to avoid city traffic and also to reduce employee travel time. This has increased the total travel distance resulting in more fuel consumption. Hence to reduce the fuel consumption, the NICE road usage is eliminated during empty vehicle movement.
Solar Sludge Drying
To take sustainable waste management a step further, TKM has built a Solar Sludge drying facility for Hazardous waste sludge at the Bidadi plant with a capital investment of more than 25 Million rupees. This helps reduce CO2 emissions and save on waste transport and disposal costs. Co-processing, an environmentally superior waste treatment option recognized by international bodies and proven by life-cycle assessment studies, is TKM's preferred option for all non-recyclable waste.
Dumping of waste
at the Sludge Yard
Drying of waste
at the Sludge Yard
Dried waste being
Dried waste being