Toyota Shares 2016 Environmental Report. We’ve reported numerous times about Toyota’s focus on the environment, whether its through supporting the WWF, partnering with the EMA, donating to Yellowstone National Park Youth Programs, or working to expand the knowledge on biodiversity threats. Their work for the environment has even lead to Toyota being named the EPA Energy Star Partner of the Year for 12 consecutive years. Last year we shared Toyota’s Environmental Report and outlined how they had moved forward with their goals during 2015, but now we are excited to share how Toyota has further positively impacted our environment in 2016.
Toyota Motor North America Regional Environmental Director Kevin Butt said about these initiatives, “To achieve our 2050 goal of net positive impact, we’ll continue to make consistent, incremental improvements. These constant improvements, supported by innovative projects across Toyota operations in North America, will create positive change and a more sustainable future.”
During the past year, Toyota’s North American operations have reduced water usage by nearly 100 million gallons, which is the equivalent to the annual water use of more than 900 average American families, and announced plans for a 7.75 megawatt solar array at Toyota’s new headquarters campus in Plano, Texas, which will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 7,122 metric tons, or the equivalent of the electricity used by almost 1,000 homes in a year. Toyota has set six important objectives it hopes to achieve by 2050, and its aggressiveness in meeting these goals has allowed Toyota to meet, and in some cases exceed, its 2014 and 2016 targets.
Some important ways Toyota has positively impacted the environment include:
Objective- Getting to Zero Emissions
- The Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle was released in California, boasting one of the highest ranges of any zero emission vehicle on the road.
- Toyota also established an in-house venture company for EV development
- Toyota introduced the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid, the most fuel-efficient vehicle on the road with a 26% enhancement in MPG over its predecessor.
Minimizing and Optimizing Water Usage:
- Northern California Toyota Dealers saved 8.4 million gallons by encouraging customers to skip the complimentary car wash after service.
- Toyota reduced water withdrawals by 99.8 million gallons
Establishing a Recycling-Based Society and Systems:
- Toyota’s North American facilities reduced, reused or recycled 96 percent of non-regulated waste during calendar year 2015.
Establishing a Future Society in Harmony with Nature:
- Toyota has more than 1,000 acres across 10 North American sites certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council.
- Toyota has been the national corporate sponsor of National Public Lands Day since 1999. The 2015 event contributed an estimated $18 million in volunteer services to improve public lands across the U.S.
Community and Dealer/Facilities Outreach:
- With 54 and counting, Toyota and Lexus have more dealership facilities certified to LEED® standards in the U.S. and Canada than any other auto manufacturer.
- Residents from more than 4,100 U.S. cities pledged to save over 1.9 billion gallons of water as part of the annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, sponsored by Toyota.
- Last year, Toyota sites collected 267,818 pounds of household waste and donations from team members and local residents, equal to the weight of 20 full-size male African elephants.