Just like many other companies, we were faced with difficult decisions during fiscal year 2009. We suspended production at several of our plants in North America for extended periods due to a decrease in demand for vehicles. This affects the status of some of our five-year Environmental Action Plan (EAP) targets that are measured on a per-vehicle-produced basis; achieving some of these targets is no longer on track. But even with these challenges, we accomplished a great deal. We made reductions in energy consumption, water use and waste generation that will benefit us even more when production levels rise again. We made progress toward meeting many of our EAP targets. Highlights of our performance include:
- Introduction of the third generation Prius, with an innovative, optional rooftop-mounted solar panel and improved fuel efficiency.
- Introduction of the Lexus HS 250h, which includes Ecological Plastics in approximately 30% of the combined interior and luggage areas.
- Installation of the second-largest solar panel array in the U.S. at our parts center in Ontario, California, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with the facility’s use of electricity.
- Reduction of 16% in energy consumption at our plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.
- Installation of water-borne paint systems at our plants in Princeton, Indiana, and Woodstock, Ontario, that lessen emissions of volatile organic compounds.
- Support for key environmental organizations throughout North America, such as the National Audubon Society, that work to make a difference for today and generations to come.
Our EAP identifies six key areas that guide us in understanding where we need to be and how we will get there. We have recognized one of these areas — Energy and Climate Change — as a priority issue for some time. With a new administration in the United States, the landscape surrounding climate change legislation has changed. Toyota supports the U.S. government’s initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel efficiency through a single national approach. We will continue to provide credible engineering and policy analysis to this process.
We remain committed to developing advanced technology vehicles as well as to improving traditional gasoline powered vehicles to ensure our lineup is the most fuel efficient available. These efforts are tied to our vision of sustainable mobility, which requires that we do our part to address the environmental impacts of vehicle exhaust and greenhouse gas emissions, noise, congestion, and reliance on petroleum.
No single technology presents the golden solution to help society achieve sustainable mobility; that is why we are evaluating a range of options. We are known for our hybrids, but we also have a fleet of fuel-cell and plug-in electric vehicles that are being tested for market acceptance and performance. These advanced technology vehicles have been designed with reducing the environmental impacts of mobility in mind.
Similarly, no single company can achieve a mobility system that is sustainable for society, but Toyota is working with government, academia, other businesses and energy providers on this pursuit. The car of the future requires a safe and reliable global energy system that can support the mobility needs of society.
Our EAP is a roadmap that describes our path forward; it remains steadfast regardless of what happens around us. The EAP helps us manage not only the environmental performance of our operations and vehicles, but also our progress toward achieving sustainable mobility. The EAP provides the structure for this annual environmental report. Here, we disclose our environmental performance in a transparent and open manner and provide our stakeholders with information necessary to evaluate that performance, year-on-year. We also provide information on other elements of sustainability, including economic data and a discussion of our cooperation with society. We hope that you find this report both interesting and informative, and we welcome your feedback on its content.
SCOPE OF THIS REPORT
The period covered in this North America Environmental Report is fiscal year 2009 (April 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009) and product model year 2009. This report covers the Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands in North America. If data are presented with different dates, this is clearly indicated. This report was published in December 2009.
We report on our progress against our FY2007-2011 Environmental Action Plan. We also provide information on our company’s overall economic investment in North America. This report covers activities across the North American region — the United States, Canada and Mexico.
This report is available on the Web. A French version is provided on the Web only. We listened to your comments and suggestions about last year’s report, and used them to improve this report. We would appreciate hearing from you again.
CONTACT TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Environmental Report Manager
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