Toyota recently released their North American Environmental Report which states their focus on five key issues, including Carbon, Water, Materials, Biodiversity, and Outreach. In the report, Toyota outlines different ways it has worked to improve these important issues over the past fiscal and car model year.
Carbon: Toyota released the first hydrogen fuel cell car, the Mirai; helped Yellowstone National Park begin generating sustainable energy from used Camry hybrid batteries; and all 14 of its North American manufacturing plants won their 11th consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award for superior energy efficiency.
Water: Toyota helped save over 54 million gallons of water through various creative efforts, including creating a rainwater garden at their Chicago training center and installing additional water filtration in the paint shop at an assembly plant in Texas.
Materials: Last year, Toyota reduced, recycled, or reused 96 percent of their solid waste and also collected over 212,000 pounds of household waste and donation items.
Biodiversity: Toyota partners with the Wildlife Habitat Council to bring together government agencies, employees, and conservation organizations to build healthy ecosystems and connected communities and supports National Public Lands Day.
Outreach: Toyota encourages team members to become environmental ambassadors and works directly with the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
All of these efforts go hand in hand with the Earth Charter, which was developed in 1992 and revised in 2000. This charter ensures Toyota continues to strive for “growth in harmony with nature,” “zero emissions,” and “building close and cooperative relationships” with a wide range of stakeholders interested in preserving the environment.