The 2009 North America Environmental Report Includes Introduction of New Prius and Reduction of Energy in Plants among Accomplishments in Year
Toyota is committed not just to the development of technologies that will help advance a cleaner and more environmentally friendly future, but also to transparently sharing the steps we have taken. For nine years, Toyota has released a North American Environmental Report, which details the company’s progress towards the goals and targets in the company’s 2011 Environmental Action Plan.
In December 2009, Toyota released its 2009 North America Environmental Report, detailing the company’s efforts and accomplishments in six key areas: Energy and Climate Change, Recycling and Improved Resource Use, Substances of Concern, Air Quality, Environmental Management and Cooperation with Society.
Highlights from the 2009 North America Environmental Report 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 the company’s parts center in Ontario, California.
- Reduction of 16% in energy consumption at Toyota’s plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.
- Installation of water-borne paint systems at the company’s plants in Princeton, Indiana, and Woodstock, Ontario, which lessen emissions of volatile organic compounds.
Other accomplishments cited in the report include the following:
Advanced Vehicle Technologies
Toyota has already sold more than two million hybrids worldwide since the first Prius was introduced in 1997, and is now moving forward with the development of new plug-in hybrid vehicles. Beginning in late 2009, Toyota began delivering Prius plug-in hybrid vehicles, powered by first generation lithium-ion batteries, for a global demonstration program. Toyota has announced that it will bring a full electric vehicle (EV) to market in the 2012 time frame.
Fuel cell hybrid vehicle research continues with the University of California’s Irvine and Berkeley campuses as well as New York’s John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. Toyota aims to bring a fuel cell vehicle to market by 2015.
Toyota has reduced CO2 emissions in 2009 by almost 150,000 metric tons since the FY2002 base year and saved over $18 million annually through energy improvements at its U.S. plants.
Plants like the one in Georgetown, Kentucky have held competitions to encourage employees to reduce energy consumption throughout the plant. Toyota’s Huntsville, Alabama plant was the first business in the area to install a photovoltaic system. The five-kilowatt solar panel generates enough energy to light over 16,000 square feet of floor space.
Since Toyota logistics carriers drive over one million miles per day to transport parts and vehicles across North America, Toyota and its carriers have conducted research to improve truck fuel efficiency through aerodynamic improvement equipment such as boat tails and side skirts. Installing this equipment on 18 long route trucks resulted in a 6% improvement in fuel economy.
More Information on Toyota’s Environmental progress, including past annual North American Environmental Reports, can be found here: http://www.toyota.com/about/environmentreport2009/