With the aim of promoting awareness about the importance of caring for the environment and sustainable development, TKM has established ECOZONE - an experiential learning centre at TKM and every day approximately 60 school children come to the park to learn about water conservation and other environment protection activities. Ecozone catered to more than 8000 students since its inception. More than 65000 saplings of 650 native species are planted across Ecozone, which is helping us in creating a safe habitat for many native birds and butterflies.
TKM has been using various strategies to minimise water consumption that includes optimisation of specific water consumption through kaizen, utilising harvested Rainwater for manufacturing and installation of high-end technologies for recycle and reuse. As a result, today TKM is a 'Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD)' plant. 100 per cent wastewater generated is treated and used for manufacturing processes, toilet flushing, gardening and afforestation activities. In addition, TKM has constructed rainwater harvesting systems with a capacity of 51000 m3. During the year 2019-2020, 11.5 per cent of the manufacturing water consumption was met from rainwater, during FY19-20, 81 per cent of the manufacturing water consumption was met by recycling wastewater. Through these interventions, we could bring down freshwater consumption for manufacturing processes by 92.5 per cent (till December 2019). Ie. manufacturing dependency on freshwater was reduced to only 7.5 per cent.
Lake Rejuvenation: As a part of water conservation and providing safe drinking water, TKM adopted a lake (Abbanakuppe) in the vicinity with an objective to protect the natural resource. This project is planned to run in collaboration with the local community to ensure the sustainability of the lake.
The ICARE [voluntary employee participation in TKM CSR initiatives] programme is very special for Toyota, as our employees who volunteer and actively participate in the company's various CSR interventions. Toyota has been focussing on integrating CSR policies into their business processes through employee engagement in their CSR initiatives, with an aim to inculcate a culture of sustainability and innovation within the company and build a platform for self-development of the employees.
Over the years, through our meaningful CSR initiatives, we have been able to touch the lives of more than 14,00,000 people, with a commitment to bring in continued socio-economic development. Our long-term mission is to become a future green and sustainable society which will be in harmony with nature, with the support of all stakeholders and business partners.