TOYOTA'S 2018 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 and Lexus have 16 advanced technology vehicles on the market in North America, with cumulative sales topping 3.3 million.
- Toyota is building the world’s first megawatt-scale molten carbonate power generation, hydrogen fuel, and pure water-producing system. When it comes online in 2020, Tri-Gen will be 100 percent renewable, supplying Toyota’s vehicle logistics operation at the Port of Long Beach and making it the first Toyota facility in the world to use 100 percent renewable power generated on site.
- Toyota’s 8.79-megawatt solar array at our Plano headquarters campus produces about one-third of daily electric needs for the campus. It is the largest on-site corporate solar installation among non-utility companies in Texas.
- Toyota’s North American manufacturing plants recycled or reused 148 million gallons of water in fiscal year 2018. That’s 148 million gallons of fresh water the plants saved, which is equivalent to the annual water use of 1,351 average American families (based on U.S. EPA’s estimate that the average American family uses about 300 gallons of water per day at home).
- Toyota’s assembly plant in Mississippi has reduced absolute water use by 32 percent in the last two years. Last year, the plant began using 1.4 million gallons of recycled water in the cooling tower.
- Toyota continued to sponsor the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation with the Wyland Foundation. Since launching the national campaign in 2012, U.S. residents have pledged to conserve 12.3 billion gallons of water.
- Toyota uses a variety of sustainable materials in our vehicles, including post-industrial denim and other cotton and synthetic garment clippings in door panel insulation, floor silencer and floor mats.
- A team at Toyota’s Indiana assembly plant made a significant reduction in raw material use by decreasing the amount of PVC sprayed onto Sienna underbodies, with zero impact to quality. The amount of PVC per Sienna was reduced by 0.16 pounds, but with 150,000 Sienna minivans assembled annually, that’s a 24,000-pound per year material savings.
- For several years, Toyota sites have hosted household waste collection events for team members and surrounding communities. These sites have invested close to $1 million to ensure more than 2 million pounds of material were either recycled or properly disposed.
- Toyota has about 1,000 acres at 12 sites engaged in conservation programs certified by Wildlife Habitat Council® (WHC).
- Toyota planted a new 11,000 square-foot pollinator garden outside the Visitor and Education Center at the Texas assembly plant. The plant is also partnering with the San Antonio Zoo to plant pollinator gardens at six local high schools.
- Toyota’s Woodstock plant in Ontario opened the Wetland Trail, which meanders to the north of the assembly plant through 200 acres of wetlands and woods. The trail is a gift to the community to mark the 30th anniversary of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada.
- In 2017, Toyota’s support for National Public Lands Day made volunteerism possible at 2,100 sites, where 169,000 volunteers gave 680,000 hours of service worth $16.7 million.
- Toyota is proud to join the ranks of the top 10 companies with the most LEED®-certified retail locations. Toyota is the only automotive brand to be included in the top ranks (as of July 2018). In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, 61 Toyota and Lexus dealers have been awarded LEED certification.
- Toyota is working with logistics suppliers to reduce CO2 emissions from transport activities. Ryder has replaced 29 diesel trucks that move goods for Toyota’s assembly plant in Kentucky with trucks that run on renewable compressed natural gas (CNG). By 2021, Ryder hopes to convert one-third of its Toyota-dedicated fleet to renewable CNG.