Toyota Motor North America has launched a programme inviting their entire North American tier 1 supply base to join them on the Manufacture 2030 platform, to work together to reduce GHG emissions.

Using technology to drive improvement at scale

The programme is delivered in partnership with Manufacture 2030, the specialist software and service company focused on reducing supplier emissions at scale, giving global brands greater certainty of hitting their Scope 3 public commitments.

At the heart of the programme is Manufacture 2030’s unique, cloud-based platform. For companies like Toyota who have set public commitments to reduce GHG emissions, the platform enables them to not only measure their Scope 3 impacts down to the individual manufacturing plant level, but also proactively help thousands of suppliers to reduce environmental impacts at a meaningful scale. 

Supply chain owners like Toyota are provided with forward visibility of each supplier’s performance against their emissions reduction targets. Operational teams at an individual site level are then provided with tailored advice and support to help them close any performance gaps identified. This includes access to over 450 best practice projects, providing the detailed know-how and tools they need to start using less energy, water and materials, cutting operational costs as well as GHG emissions in line with their customers’ targets. 

Kevin Butt, Senior Director of Environmental Sustainability at Toyota Motor North America commented, “Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 goals include achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 throughout the entire life cycle of vehicle production. Achieving these targets is not straightforward, so the ability to work with our suppliers on the Manufacture 2030 platform gives us a unique opportunity to build capability across our supply base, add value to the suppliers themselves and meet our supply chain carbon reduction commitments with much greater certainty.”

Reducing the reporting burden for suppliers

Beyond the help provided to cut costs and impacts, Manufacture 2030’s platform makes it easy for suppliers to report and allocate individual site-level environmental data to Toyota and other OEMs simultaneously. Suppliers submit their data once, indicating that it should be provided to whichever customers they supply, so eliminating unnecessary effort. As additional automotive brands join the shared platform efficiencies will continue to increase. 

Jack Nunes, VP of Environment, Health and Safety at Lear Corporation said, “It’s great that leading brands like Toyota have embraced this approach. Now that our manufacturing locations have the potential to report their data to customers via one platform, we can cut down duplicated effort, allowing our teams to spend less time on reporting and more time on performance improvement.”

Martin Chilcott, CEO of Manufacture 2030 concluded, “Scaling the environmental impact reduction needed for the automotive industry to hit its long-term carbon reduction goals is a challenge. We are delighted with the rollout and the level of collaboration between Toyota and its suppliers, driving the tangible action needed at a site level to meet corporate goals. Engagement is really high and positive, and I look forward to more suppliers and OEMs joining Toyota as we continue to build momentum behind this industry-wide approach.”