Protecting the environment is a cornerstone of Toyota’s business. It’s a commitment you can see throughout our operations — from the efficient, environmentally sensitive vehicles we design to the emphasis we place on sustainable business, manufacturing and building practices across our company.
Toyota is already working to design the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles. First, we’re expanding the Prius Family to include three additional vehicles, including a Plug-in Hybrid. We’re also working on two electric vehicles that will come to market in 2012: the RAV4 EV powered by Tesla, and the iQ EV. And in 2015, we’ll introduce a fuel-cell vehicle that will rely solely on batteries and hydrogen, forming zero-emission water vapor as exhaust.
Each of our production and logistics facilities has its own Environmental Management System (EMS), a plan designed to help set, measure and attain goals for improving our environmental performance while reducing our impact. Recently, our efforts were recognized with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) highest honor: the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for energy efficiency. This is Toyota’s seventh ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, acknowledging our long-term commitment to the environment across our U.S. manufacturing operations. In addition, 10 of our North American facilities have achieved LEED certification, which is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council to recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.
We also try to encourage the same commitment to protecting the environment in the broader community. We work with dealers like Kendall Toyota in Eugene, Oregon, to construct greener buildings. Kendall is the only LEED Platinum-certified dealership in the world. We’ve created and sponsored environmental programs like the TogetherGreen partnership with the National Audubon Society, as well as National Public Lands Day (NPLD) in partnership with the National Environmental and Education Foundation.
To learn more about all of Toyota's environmental initiatives, take a look at our annual Environmental Report.