Future Thinking

Making a better world for our children to live in

“Leaving the world a better place for our children” is no idle slogan for Toyota. It’s the driving force that empowers us to innovate, collaborate, break down barriers and contribute towards a sustainable future. That is why Toyota is carrying out actions that are improving the world we live in and which our children will inherit.

Going green ... literally

What does “greening” involve?

In addition to planting trees, Toyota Motor Corporation is applying its biotechnology and afforestation know-how through activities such as “greening” our facilities. For example, the Tsutsumi (Japan) plant utilizes NOx absorbing grasses and rooftop turf that were developed by Toyota. The turf is a slow growing variety that needs mowing only once a year.

Tsutsumi plant green roof.

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Cars made from plants?

What is biosynthetic rubber?

It’s rubber made from plants. Toyota is involved in a partnership making a biosynthetic rubber called biohydrin. It is manufactured using plant-derived bio-materials instead of epichlorohydrin, a commonly-used epoxy compound.

Engine hoses are just one of the plant based parts that we are developing.

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Fuelled by Everything

Everything? What does this really mean?

Hydrogen is a promising and potentially highly beneficial fuel for the future. Most importantly, cars running on hydrogen are 100% free of CO2 emissions when driving. However, the production of hydrogen still has room for improvement. It’s not always fully CO2 emission free. Yet hydrogen has the potential to be produced from water, algae, biomass and food waste.

Even the waste product from cows can form the basis of the fuel for Toyota's hydrogen car.

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Rwanda: Land of the Rising Sunflower

What’s happening in Rwanda?

Through its engagement in a floriculture venture, Toyota is helping to provide a new source of agriculture in Rwanda, focusing on flowering plants with high profitability per unit area. One such plant is the sunflower. Commercialised primarily for its oil and its seeds, the sunflower is far more than simply decorative. It has the potential to develop into a valuable export product for Rwanda.

Sunflowers are helping Rwanda's economy flourish.

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