Welcome to Toyota’s 2016 North American Environmental Report. This year’s report features information about our four focus areas – CARBON, WATER, MATERIALS and BIODIVERSITY – plus related OUTREACH activities.

Carbon

Toyota considers global warming to be a top priority. In 2016, we found ways to reduce carbon dioxide across the business. We launched Prius Prime, which offers the highest fuel efficiency of any vehicle on the road today, and Mirai continues to roll through California, emitting only water vapor. Our North American manufacturing division won an impressive 12th consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence in Energy Management Award, and we began the process of installing a 7.75 megawatt solar array at our new headquarters campus in Texas. These projects are advancing us along the path to a low carbon future.

Water

Water is vital to the health of our economy and our environment. That’s why we continue our efforts to conserve. In 2016, we reduced water withdrawals by 99.8 million gallons, or the amount used in one year by 911 average American families. We also continued to work with others to protect water resources. We helped our dealerships in Northern California administer a program that saved 8.4 million gallons, and, as part of the annual World Water Monitoring Challenge, we taught sixth-graders about the importance of fresh, clean water by helping them take water quality samples from local water bodies. In Toyota’s cycle of water stewardship, every member of society needs to get involved to turn the tide and protect this precious resource.

Materials

For Toyota, “Materials” refers to everything used to make a vehicle, whether it ends up in the final product or not. We seek opportunities to use sustainable materials and reduce the use of substances of concern. In the process of making vehicles, some material becomes waste – but not much. Last year, we reduced, reused or recycled 96 percent of our own solid waste and were recognized with the WasteWise Very Large Business Partner of the Year Award. We also collected 267,818 pounds of household waste and donation items from our neighbors. Together, we are advancing toward a circular economy where waste is eliminated and recycling rules the day.

Biodiversity

More than 2,200 species of animals and plants are listed as endangered or threatened around the world. To keep these species from disappearing forever, collaboration is key. Toyota partners with the Wildlife Habitat Council to bring together team members, government agencies and conservation organizations to preserve habitats and build connected communities. From protecting pollinators to supporting National Public Lands Day, these efforts are all part of our commitment to advancing the health of the world’s ecosystems and operating in harmony with nature.

Outreach

Our outreach strategy seeks to make connections that scale up our activities in carbon, water, materials and biodiversity. Engaging stakeholders is central to the success of this strategy. We work with our network of Toyota and Lexus dealerships on green building initiatives and on greening Canada’s schools; and, through the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, we are part of one of the largest conservation awareness programs in the U.S. Through the power of collaboration, we hope to create lasting positive outcomes on a macro scale that advance us toward a more sustainable future.

Please visit the Performance section, where we’ve combined all our data charts. Here you will also find information about air quality (VOC emissions and criteria pollutant tailpipe emissions), our environmental compliance record, information on the ISO 14001 certification status of our sites and a list of our LEED®-certified facilities.