SAVING & RECYCLING RESOURCES
Lexus is finding better, more efficient ways to contribute to a healthier planet, leading the industry in better business practices. Our commitment to recovering, recycling and re-using has permeated the entire company. Sustainability is an enormous challenge that we’ve taken on, and in that arena we lead the industry.
Our recycling technology is being continually improved and we are on target to achieve a 95% recovery rate of our vehicles by 2015. To reduce waste to a minimum, we recycle everything – in our offices, our factories and our sales facilities – reducing CO2 levels beyond our achievements on the road.
At Lexus, we consider the recycling factor throughout the entire life cycle of a vehicle – from production through to the end-of-life stage.
Examples of the measures we take into account:
- Repeatedly use reusable items
- Reduce waste generation
- Recycle waste
To make more effective use of limited resources, we feed these results back into the vehicle development and design stages to create ever-more recycling-optimised vehicles.
PRODUCTION - REDUCTION IN DISCARDED MATERIALS FROM FACTORIES
These materials have been drastically reduced and we are re-using items more and more where practicable, such as making wider use of returnable shipping containers.
Lexus is further reducing CO2 emissions by making wider use of plant-derived plastics in its products to replace petroleum-derived plastics.
We promote resource loss reduction activities to cut waste from factories. In particular, we are tackling yield improvements and waste reduction to steadily cut down on the amount of waste output.
LOGISTICS - REDUCTION OF WATER USAGE
To reduce overall water usage, we are constantly improving water use efficiencies throughout our production facilities – with particular attention paid to water management in vehicle assembly plants, which are typically high-usage facilities.