Toyota Motor

InfluenceMap Score
D-
Performance Band
41%
Organisation Score
39%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Automotive
Head​quarters:
Toyota City, Japan
Brands and Associated Companies
Hino Motors , Daihatsu Motor, Toyota Financial Services
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview Toyota is actively engaged on a variety of climate policy streams globally. Despite positive top-line messaging on climate, the company has consistently engaged in opposition to regulatory efforts to increase the stringency of emissions standards and fuel economy for vehicles across various regions globally. Furthermore, despite support for limited measures to decarbonize the transport sector, Toyota has at times been highly negative on policy mandating the electrification of the automotive sector, appearing concerned to promote the long term role of hybrid vehicles.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Toyota’s top line messaging on climate change is broadly positive and largely focused on its 2050 Environmental Challenge commitments. According to Toyota’s website in 2021, the company appears to be supportive of the need to cut GHG emissions, although it is unclear whether or not the company supports economy-wide emissions reductions in line with IPCC recommendations. In 2018, in discussions with Japan’s government on Long Term Paris Aligned Growth, Toyota advocated for increased ambition on climate change, including supporting the setting of a national decarbonization goal. In a March 2019 article on the company’s website, Toyota appeared to signal its preference for technological solutions to address climate change over regulatory action.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Toyota has actively engaged with policymakers on various climate-related regulations. In the United States, Toyota has consistently supported the weakening of Obama-era federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards both in the media and in submissions to the EPA from 2017-2020 and was part of a group of companies which wrote a letter to President Donald Trump in June 2019 proposing a weakening of the standards. In October 2019, the company intervened in a legal case to support the removal of California's ability to set its own GHG emissions standards under the state’s Clean Air Act waiver, as part of a coalition of automakers. As of February 2021, Toyota has withdrawn from this litigation.

Toyota has also opposed strong GHG standards for vehicles in the EU and Australia. In the latter, Toyota supported a 5-year delay in implementation of any standards and a system of non-financial penalties for breaching the standards in a 2017 consultation and, in 2018, Toyota Australia’s chief executive argued that Australia should move away from European standards and towards harmonization with less stringent US standards. Toyota also signaled its opposition to carbon taxes in Japan on its website in March 2019, arguing that they would result in raised electricity prices, loss of international competitiveness, and decreased economic growth.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Toyota has communicated broad support for the decarbonization of transport and, between 2017 and 2021, has specifically advocated for an increased role for hydrogen. However, the company has not clearly communicated whether it supports efforts to shift hydrogen production towards renewables. In April 2019, the Toyota Chairman appeared to oppose the proposals to phase out coal power and to end government assistance to international coal projects in the draft of Japan’s Long Term Strategy under the Paris Agreement.

In addition, from 2018-2020, Toyota has supported an extended role for hybrid vehicles in the transport sector and has appeared to argue for the prioritization of hybrid vehicles over battery electric vehicles (BEVs). For example, in the UK, the company argued in 2018 against the government’s plans to phase out conventional vehicles (including hybrids) and then, in 2020, for a longer timeline for the phase-out of hybrids. In December 2020, Toyota President Akio Toyoda also argued in December 2020 that Japan would ‘run out of electricity’ if transport were electrified. Toyota has generally supported renewables in the energy mix, stating that they are important for Japan's competitiveness. While supporting renewables, the company also underscored the higher carbon footprint for BEV production compared to gasoline cars in the September 2020 meeting with the Japanese government.

Industry Association Governance: Toyota does not provide any direct disclosure of its industry association memberships and discloses only its memberships to Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA) and Keidanren through its 2020 CDP disclosure. The company has not published an audit of its industry association memberships. Toyota retains high-level positions in several regressive trade associations, including JAMA, where Toyota President Akio Toyoda is chairman, Keidanren, where Toyota Vice Chairman Shigeru Hayakawa is vice chairman and European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), where Toyota Europe Chairman Didier Leroy is a board member. Toyota also retains membership to several other associations, including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Communication of Climate Science
1 2 NS NS NS NS NS NA
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 NS NA 1 0 1 0 NA
Supporting the Need for Regulations
NS NS NS 1 -1 NS NS NA
Support of UN Climate Process
1 1 NA NS NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
-2 NA -2 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS NS NS -1 NS NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS -1 NS 0 -1 NS 0 NA
Renewable Energy
0 NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
0 1 NS 0 0 0 NS NA
GHG Emission Regulation
NS -1 NS 0 -1 NS 0 NA
Disclosure on Relationships
-2 NS -1 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
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53%
 
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49%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.