Toyota's 2012 North American Environmental Report contains a wealth of information about our efforts to reduce environmental impacts across the vehicle life cycle, as well as our investments in environmental education and stewardship.

To give our readers a quick overview of some of our most noteworthy accomplishments, we provide highlights and awards below.

We hope some of these information tidbits inspire our readers to learn more about our efforts to respect the planet.


Across North America, we made significant improvements in our environmental performance in a number of areas. To help our readers navigate through our report, we chose "highlights" from each chapter. These highlights illustrate some of our key accomplishments in each of our business functions and across all aspects of the vehicle life cycle.

2012 At-A-Glance
Environmental Management & Compliance
  • In North America, 41 Toyota sites have an environmental management system certified to ISO 14001, the international standard on environmental management systems.
  • Over 600 suppliers to our North American plants are certified to ISO 14001.
  • Our North American manufacturing plants had zero violations and zero complaints, and our Canadian logistics sites achieved their 14th year with no dangerous goods violations.
Green Innovation
  • In the United States, Toyota offers the most fuel-efficient fleet of any full-line manufacturer.
  • We have been using bio-based plastics—plastics derived either wholly or in part from plant materials—in numerous parts and components for over a decade.
  • Driving range for the Prius Plug-in Hybrid is estimated as high as 540 miles on a single charge and single tank.
Eco-Efficient Operations
  • Toyota's North American manufacturing division received another ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence award.
  • Cumulative savings from the use of returnable containers in our logistics division amounts to over 129 million pounds of wood and 48 million pounds of cardboard.
  • An improved reverse osmosis system at our Cambridge, Ontario, plant is saving 50,000 cubic meters (13.2 million gallons) of water per year.
Supporting Business Partners
  • Toyota has shared its energy treasure hunt process with 180 Tier 1 suppliers to date.
  • Toyota is leading the industry with 26 dealerships in the U.S. and Canada certified to LEED®.
  • The Lexus of Henderson dealership in Henderson, Nevada, is the third Lexus dealership to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Strengthening Communities
  • TogetherGreen™, funded by a $20 million grant from Toyota, has supported nearly 900 volunteer events that improved or restored almost 13,000 acres
  • In mid-2012, Toyota and Evergreen celebrated an important milestone: The Evergreen Learning Grounds program reached its one millionth Canadian child.
  • Toyota's plant in Indiana received the Water Champion award for their involvement in the World Water Monitoring Challenge™.


Toyota is honored to have received numerous awards recognizing the fuel efficiency of our vehicles and the commitment of our North American team members to the environment. These awards are listed below and described in more detail throughout this report.

Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Awards

  1. Toyota offers several models that achieve EPA's 2012 best-in-class fuel economy ratings (excluding PHEV and pure EV vehicles; see The Prius c leads the EPA's compact classification with 50 mpg combined. The Prius Liftback's combined 50 mpg leads the EPA's midsize category, and the midsize station wagon class is led by the 42 mpg combined offered by the Prius v. (These segment classifications are determined by EPA's measurement of a vehicle's interior volume.)
  2. Toyota and Scion branded vehicles represent six of the Top 10 EPA-rated Fuel Sippers for 2012 (excluding PHEV or pure EV products), and occupy four spots in that list's top five. Toyota family vehicles found on the U.S Department of Energy's Top Ten EPA-rated Fuel Sippers include:
    • Prius c (ranked 1st, 53 city, 46 hwy)
    • Prius (ranked 2nd, 51 city, 48 hwy)
    • Prius v (ranked 4th, 44 city, 40 hwy)
    • Toyota Camry Hybrid LE (ranked 7th, 43 city, 39 hwy)
    • Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE (ranked 8th, 40 city, 38 hwy)
    • Scion iQ (ranked 10th, 36 city, 37 hwy)
  3. Kiplinger's Personal Finance Best New Car Value awards lists the Lexus RX 450h as "Most Fuel-Efficient" in the Large and Midsize Crossovers category.
  4. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) lists the Lexus CT 200h, Prius and Camry Hybrid as three of the "Greenest Vehicles of 2012."
  5. Kelley Blue Book's lists the Toyota Prius c and the Lexus CT 200h as among its picks for the "10 Best Green Cars of 2012."
  6. In Canada, the Tacoma ranked first in the pick-up class and the Prius v ranked first in the station wagon class in Natural Resources Canada's ecoENERGY Awards for 2012. This is the 11th straight year that a Prius vehicle has won an ecoENERGY Award.

Biodiversity Award

  1. The Georgetown plant won a Pollinator Protection Award in 2011 from the Wildlife Habitat Council and North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC).

Energy Awards

  1. Bethany Giordano, Facilities Water and Energy Specialist at our plant in Georgetown, Kentucky, was nominated by her Toyota peers and selected by the Association of Energy Engineers for the 2012 Young Professional Energy Engineer of the Year Award (Region III). Bethany is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), Southwest Ohio Chapter. AEE is a professional organization of energy engineers, energy managers, energy technicians and energy consultants.
  2. 9. In 2012, Toyota's North American manufacturing division (Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America) received an ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence award for the eighth consecutive year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selects organizations for this award that have exhibited exceptional leadership year after year in the ENERGY STAR program.
  3. Toyota's Georgetown plant has been a recipient of the ENERGY STAR Plant award every year since they began. (Note: there is a small discontinuity in awards due to a request from ENERGY STAR to align awards with calendar years). Within the Georgetown plant, there are two assembly lines. Line 2 has won six consecutive awards — the most recent in 2012 — and Line 1 has won five.
  4. Eight Toyota plants also achieved the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, designed to award recognition to individual industrial sites. Any manufacturing site whose company is an ENERGY STAR partner is eligible to enroll in the Challenge for Industry. Sites take the Challenge by signing up to improve their energy efficiency by 10 percent in five years. These eight Toyota sites have achieved the challenge for an average energy intensity reduction of nearly 24 percent:
    • Bodine Aluminum in St. Louis, Missouri
    • Bodine Aluminum in Jackson, Tennessee
    • Toyota's plant in Buffalo, West Virginia
    • Toyota's plant in Huntsville, Alabama
    • Toyota's plant in Princeton, Indiana
    • Toyota's plant in San Antonio, Texas
    • Toyota's plant in Woodstock, Ontario
    • Toyota's plant in Cambridge, Ontario
  5. Our efforts to reduce energy consumption continue in our sales and distribution operations. In the United States, six of these facilities have been recognized with ENERGY STAR awards:
    • Headquarters building in California
    • Toyota Customer Services Building in California
    • Toyota Financial Services Building in California
    • Toyota Plaza in California
    • Gramercy Plaza in California
    • North American Parts Center Kentucky
  6. Toyota's Tijuana plant received a Clean Industry Certificate from Mexico's Federal Agency for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) for the second time in a row. PROFEPA awards Clean Industry Certificates to companies implementing hazardous waste management systems, wastewater and water recycling programs, and environmental security measures that allow them to comply with standards through PROFEPA's voluntary audit program. Each certificate is valid for two years.

Waste Reduction Awards

  1. In 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected Toyota's U.S. sales and logistics division, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., as the WasteWise Large Business Partner of the Year for our efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling. We are the only Large Business in the nation to receive this distinction.
  2. Three of Toyota's California parts distribution facilities were recognized in 2011 by the Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) administered by the California Integrated Waste Management Board. This program recognizes California businesses and nonprofit organizations for their outstanding waste reduction efforts. Since the program began in 1994, Toyota has won a total of 70 awards, including two WRAP of the Year awards.

Water Reduction Awards

  1. Water use at our Cambridge plant has been reduced from 2.33 to 1.79 cubic meters per vehicle. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada received a Water Efficiency Excellence Award from the Region of Waterloo for reducing water use per vehicle from 2.33 to 1.79 cubic meters. This was accomplished by installing a reverse osmosis concentrate recovery system, the largest project supported by the WET program.

Strengthening Communities - Awards

  1. In November of 2011, Toyota received the Keesee Award for its support of the TogetherGreen program. Audubon New York established the Keesee Award in 2001 to honor individuals whose contributions, talent and commitment to the environment have advanced conservation and environmental education.
  2. In honor of United Nations' World Water Day, the Water Environment Federation and the International Water Association announced Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana was one of two North American recipients of the third annual Water Champion awards. Initiated in 2009, the Water Champions Awards recognize program participants for outstanding achievement in boosting awareness of water quality issues through involvement in the World Water Monitoring Challenge™ (WWMC). Toyota partners with Gibson, Vanderburgh and Warrick county schools to sample about 100 different lakes, rivers and streams across Southwestern Indiana. Monitoring data then is uploaded into the WWMC database.
  3. The Keep Jackson Beautiful Commission presented Bodine Aluminum in Jackson, Tennessee, with the Environmental Stewardship Award for Industry during the 2012 Mayor's Civic Pride celebration. The Mayor's Civic Pride Awards were established in 1990 as an effort to congratulate and publicly acknowledge businesses and individuals making a positive contribution to the environment. Bodine was recognized for picking up debris in the Cypress Grove Park after the 100-year flood and assisting in the clean-up and creation of the children's section of Liberty Garden's Memorial Park.
  4. Thanks to their volunteer work, and their commitment to kaizen, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada was selected as one of Canada's Greenest Employers 2012 by the editors of the "Canada's Top 100 Employers" project. This special designation recognizes employers that are leaders in creating a culture of environmental awareness in their organizations.