Toyota's 2013 North American Environmental Report contains a wealth of information about our efforts to reduce environmental impacts across the vehicle life cycle, as well as our investments in environmental education and stewardship.

To give our readers a quick overview of some of our most noteworthy accomplishments, we provide highlights, awards and certifications from third parties below.

We hope some of these information tidbits inspire our readers to learn more about our efforts to show Respect for the Planet.

Highlights

The following “Highlights” illustrate some of our key accomplishments from fiscal year 2013.

Vehicles

  • In the United States, Toyota is the most fuel-efficient full-line automotive manufacturer.
  • Toyota’s Prius c earned the title of Greenest Car of the Year from the ACEEE in their annual Greenest Vehicles list. Prius and Prius Plug–in tied for third.
  • The 2013 Avalon Hybrid is the first Toyota vehicle to be fully styled, developed and built in North America. It achieves an impressive EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined.

Operations

  • Toyota’s North American manufacturing division received its ninth ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for leadership in energy management. Energy use has been reduced by 22 percent per vehicle since fiscal year 2002.
  • With the implementation of brackish reverse osmosis systems, four of our assembly plants are saving 61 million gallons of water per year.
  • Since 2002, Toyota’s parts and accessories returnable container program has saved over 308 million pounds of wood and 185 million pounds of cardboard.

Business Partners

  • Toyota’s truck assembly plant in Texas reduced landfill waste by 71 percent in 2013 through an innovative partnership with Waste Management that turns trash into fuel.
  • Toyota and Lexus lead the industry with 36 dealerships in the U.S. and Canada certified to LEED®. Combined, these dealerships have over 2.1 million square feet of LEED-certified building space.
  • Of our 36 LEED certified dealerships, three are certified Platinum, the highest level of certification granted by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Communities

  • WWF and Toyota have been working together for over a decade to transform the Galápagos into a model of community-based conservation and sustainable development.
  • Now in its sixth year, Toyota TogetherGreen has engaged nearly half a million participants in conservation action in all 50 states.
  • Thanks to a grant from Lexus Eco Challenge, a middle school in South Carolina was able to increase local curbside recycling by 16 percent.

Awards

Toyota is honored to have been recognized for the fuel efficiency of our vehicles and the commitment of our North American team members to the environment.

Energy Consumption (Operations)

  • Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) received its ninth consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy management.
  • Our plants in Indiana, Kentucky and Texas were awarded Energy Star plant labels, and our North American Parts Center warehouse in Kentucky and two office complexes in California (Toyota Plaza and Gramercy Plaza) were awarded Energy Star building labels.

Environmental Management Systems (Vision and Action)

  • Toyota's Tecate plant has received two Clean Industry (Industria Limpia) Certificates from Mexico's Federal Agency for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA). PROFEPA awards Clean Industry Certificates as part of its voluntary audit program to companies committed to maintaining high standards of environmental protection, particularly in the areas of hazardous waste management, wastewater and water recycling, and environmental security.

Fuel Efficiency (Vehicles)

  • Toyota offered several models in 2013 with best-in-class fuel economy ratings:
  • The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) “Greenest Vehicles of 2013” list:
    • The Toyota Prius c earned the title of Greenest Car of the Year.
    • The Scion iQ was one of only two all-gasoline cars to make the list.
    • Prius and Prius Plug–in Hybrid tied for third place.
  • Toyota Canada’s Prius Plug–in entry in the 2013 Rallye Monte Carlo des Energies Nouvelles earned the title of most fuel-efficient hybrid and finished fifth overall, out of a total of 113 entries.

Waste (Operations)

  • In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Toyota's U.S. sales and logistics division, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., with a WasteWise Large Business Partner of the Year - Honorable Mention for our efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling. This is our third consecutive WasteWise award.
  • Our plant in Cambridge, Ontario, was selected by our parent company, Toyota Motor Corporation, for a Gold ECO Award for a implementing a sealer reclaim system that reduces sealer waste in the paint shop by 97 percent.

Certifications

Toyota participates in several third-party certification programs.

Biodiversity (Operations)

  • Two North American manufacturing plants have been certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council:
    • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky: Corporate Lands for Learning and Wildlife at Work programs
    • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Canada: Wildlife at Work program

Environmental Management Systems (Vision and Action)

  • In fiscal year 2013, all of Toyota's North American manufacturing plants, logistics sites and several office complexes had an environmental management system certified to the ISO 14001 standard, the International Organization for Standardization’s core set of standards for designing and implementing an effective environmental management system.
  • Over 600 direct Tier 1 suppliers to our North American plants are certified to ISO 14001.

Green Building (Operations & Business Partners)

  • A total of 11 Toyota and Lexus facilities have achieved certification to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program. Seven of these sites have achieved Gold certification.
  • We are leading the industry with the number of dealerships certified to LEED. So far, we have assisted 36 Toyota and Lexus dealerships in the United States and Canada with LEED certification: 28 Toyota dealerships and four Lexus dealerships in the U.S., and four Toyota dealerships in Canada. In North America, Toyota and Lexus dealerships combined have over 2.1 million square feet of LEED-certified building space.