Toyota's 2019 North American Environmental Report focuses on Carbon, Water, Materials, and Biodiversity, plus outreach. To give you a quick overview of some of our most noteworthy accomplishments in each of these areas, we provide highlights below. We hope some of these information tidbits inspire you to learn more about our efforts to minimize environmental impacts across our business and maximize positive outcomes.
- Toyota is committed to offering an electrified version of each Toyota and Lexus model by 2025. Globally, Toyota has committed to sales of 5.5 million electrified vehicles, including 1 million zero- emission vehicles, by 2025.
- Toyota and Kenworth are rolling out 10 hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric heavy-duty trucks (FCETs) in southern California as part of the Zero-and-Near-Zero Emission Freight Facilities project. The project will increase zero emission trucking capacity at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and is expected to reduce emissions by 453 metric tons of CO2e.
- Toyota is entering into Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs), which will be used to reduce GHG emissions from our North American operations by up to 40 percent over the next three years.
- Toyota’s North American manufacturing plants recycled or reused 565 million gallons of water last year. That’s equivalent to the annual water use of 5,159 average American families (based on U.S. EPA estimates that the average American family uses 300 gallons of water per day at home).
- Toyota’s North American facilities recycled, reused or composted 93 percent of all waste in 2018. That’s more than 755 million pounds of waste kept out of landfills and incinerators.
- Toyota’s assembly plant in Cambridge, Ontario, developed a new cleaning agent that saves 11,300 gallons of solvent and reduces the number of bumpers that need to be recycled by half.
- Toyota is partnering with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, one of the largest public multi-arts gatherings in Michigan, to make this a zero-waste event. In just one year, the festival went from 100 percent landfill to diverting over 75 percent of its waste to compost and recycling.
- Across North America, Toyota has 17 sites with pollinator gardens supporting monarch butterflies along their migration path.
- Toyota has 13 sites engaged in conservation programs certified by Wildlife Habitat Council®.
- In 2019, residents from cities across the U.S. took part in the 8th annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, by pledging to save over 3 billion gallons of water over the next year.
- For the 20th consecutive year, Toyota was the national corporate sponsor of National Public Lands Day, hosted by the National Environmental Education Foundation. Between 1999 and 2018, more than 50,000 Toyota volunteers spent 193,000 volunteer hours building and maintaining 1,500 miles of trails, planting 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants, and removing 30,000 pounds of invasive species.
- In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, we have supported 67 Toyota and Lexus dealerships in becoming LEED®-certified. Achieving LEED certification illustrates the dealerships’ commitment to sustainable construction and remodeling.