Toyota - Australia
Toyota got help on the assessment of the environmental risks and opportunities within their IT estate. In depth interviews were conducted and assessment tools were used to build up a clear picture of the various strengths and weaknesses of the current approach to IT with regards to its environmental impact. From this assessment, Toyota to formulate a Sustainable IT strategy which linked directly to their existing strategies and outlined a number of actions, projects and programs that can be implemented to achieve significant cost and green housegas emissions saving.
How can a sustainable approach to IT contribute to Toyota’s Environmental Plan, to cut costs and GHG emissions?
Statement of Intent for Green IT
■ Green IT vision statement for Toyota’s IT department
■ Baseline assessment of energy consumption, cost and GHG emissions of all IT owned equipment
■ Documented series of short and long term initiatives to reduce GHG emissions at Toyota
■ Initiatives charted by potential GHG reduction, time required and risk
■ Detailed recommendations on additional initiatives for sustainable business
■ Savings potential of 43% with respect to cost, GHG and electricity consumption through the implementation of office-based IT equipment initiatives
■ Further reductions will be realised through changes to the server room and the buildings themselves
■ The key role IT will play in meeting Toyota’s corporate environmental objectives, including carbon emission reduction targets, has been defined and highlighted
■ Business has greater understanding and emphasis of Green IT through the statement of intent and related communications
Toyota Australia already has an excellent reputation for their sustainable approach to business. In 2005 they developed their five year Environment Plan and have been reporting their progress each subsequent year in their annual Sustainability Report. Toyota wanted to develop specific sustainability strategies for IT at their three main Victoria sites to ensure that IT contributed to meeting the targets in their five year Environment Plan.