Toray's Green Innovation

Realizing a Sustainable Society

The global environmental problems we face – including global warming, increasing CO2 concentration, water shortages due to increasing population, and resource depletion – are growing ever more serious.
Against that backdrop, Toray has stated its commitment to management focused on the global environment, and we are strongly promoting projects to expand our green innovation business. By using innovative weight-reducing materials and energy-saving processes, we reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and by integrating different technologies we further advance preceding R&D on non-petrochemical materials. In these and many other ways, we contribute to the solution of resource and energy problems as well as global environmental problems through green innovation.
Engaged in very achievable initiatives to make possible both a reduction in environmental impact and sustainable growth, the Toray Group is promoting LCM environmental management as based on "life cycle management" (LCM). In order to efficiently act on LCM, we have introduced "life cycle assessment" (LCA) to implement activities that will spread LCM and make it an established practice.

Strengthen R&D in green innovation-related themes

We contribute to the development of a sustainable, re- cycling-oriented society by continuously developing advanced products and technologies.

Toray's Technologies

Sources and remarks

World population :
1900 : United Nations,「The World at Six Billion」(1999)
2010 : United Nations,「World Population Prospects : The 2010 Revision」
2100 : United Nations,「World Population Prospects : The 2010 Revision(Medium)」

CO2 emissions (CO2 emissions from energy sources) for the year 2010 and onward, graphed on the basis of the baseline scenario of the IEA "Energy Technology Perspectives 2010" :
1900 : CO2 conversion figures as based on the figures released on the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center website
2000 : IEA「World Energy Outlook 2002」 2010,
2030 : IEA「Energy Technology Perspectives 2010」

Energy consumption :
1900 : "Assessment of the Depletion of Chiefly Petroleum and Other Fossil-based Energies," a report by the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (1996) 2000,
2010 : IEA「World Energy Outlook 2002」
2030 : IEA「World Energy Outlook 2009」

Life without drinking water :
IWMI Report 2006」

Life without electricity IEA :
「World Energy Outlook 2010」

Population in poverty :
Figures announced by the World Bank (WBK) in 2008

Undernourished population :
From the World Food Programme website

Oil Shortages, Natural Gas Shortages :
"White Paper on Energy 2010" of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy * Excluding shale gas