ECO THINKING LEXUS
Raising the bar Saving & Recycling resources Lexus is finding better, more efficient ways to contribute to a healthier planet, leading the industry in better business practices.
To safeguard the world
Our commitment to recovering, recycling and re-using permeates our entire company. Sustainability is an enormous challenge to which we have developed an industry-leading response.
Our recycling technology is continually being improved. To reduce waste to a minimum, we recycle everything in our offices, factories and sales facilities. We are committed to reducing CO2 levels both on and off the road.
Saving and recycling across the entire life cycle of our vehicles
At Lexus, we consider recycling throughout the entire life cycle of a car, from production through to the end-of-life stage. Some of the measures we take are:
- Repeatedly using reusable items
- Reducing waste generation
- Recycling waste
To make more effective use of limited resources, we feed these results back into the vehicle development and design stages, creating vehicles that are increasingly recycling-optimized.
Reduction of discarded materials from factories
We continue to reduce our use of resources and cut waste in our factories. We have improved yields cut down waste output.
This flow graphic illustrates how we re-use some resources while minimizing the use of non-recyclable resources during the construction of our products.
Adjacent to the Motomachi factory is the Environment Center, an energy recovery plant that was overhauled and re-opened in April 2009. The center burns combustible waste to generate electricity and steam, while also functioning as the Motomachi factory’s energy source. Managing combustion more effectively has drastically reduced the emissions of harmful substances in our exhaust gases. Additionally, incinerated ash is re-used externally as materials for such things as cement or pavement.
Reduction of water usage
To reduce our overall water usage, we are constantly improving water use efficiency throughout our production facilities. In particular, we are focusing on water management in car assembly plants, which typically use large quantities of water.
Reduction in discarded materials from factories
We have significantly reduced the amount of materials we discard. We re-use items whenever practicable, including making wide use of returnable shipping containers.
It’s not just recycling
Lexus is further reducing CO2 emissions by using plant-derived rather than petroleum-driven plastics in its products.
Plastics derived from plants
HOW LEXUS USES ECOLOGICAL PLASTIC
Bio-PET derived from sugar cane is used in new Ecological plastic.
The ecological plastic CO2 circulation concept
＊1. Bio-PET : PET that is manufactured by replacing monoethylene glycol, one of the raw materials of polyethylene terephthalate, with biological raw material derived from sugar cane.
＊2. New ecological plastic: plastic that provides far better heat resistance, durability, expansion and contraction resistance (and other properties), compared to other plant-derived plastics derived.