Toyota's 2016 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 launched Prius Prime, EPA-estimated 133 MPGe makes it the most fuel-efficient vehicle on the road today. The improved efficiency represents a substantial 26 percent enhancement over its predecessor.
- Toyota scientists recently made a breakthrough in battery research that could open the door for smaller, longer-lasting batteries for everything from cell phones to cars.
- The 7.75 megawatt solar array planned for our new headquarters campus in Plano will be the largest corporate office on-site solar installation among non-utility companies in Texas and will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 7,122 metric tons, or the equivalent of the electricity used by almost 1,000 homes for a year.
- In 2016, we reduced water withdrawals by 99.8 million gallons. That’s equivalent to the annual water use of 911 average American families.
- Toyota dealers in Northern California saved 8.4 million gallons of water last summer by encouraging customers to skip the complimentary car wash after service.
- Since 2005, our assembly plant in Indiana has been teaching elementary school students about the importance of protecting water resources. In 2015, team members helped about 600 sixth-graders take water quality samples at approximately 100 different lakes, rivers and streams across southwestern Indiana.
- Toyota Motor North America won the WasteWise Very Large Business Partner of the Year Award. WasteWise is part of EPA’s sustainable materials management program, which promotes the use and reuse of materials more productively over their entire life cycles.
- Toyota’s North American facilities reduced, reused or recycled 96 percent of non-regulated waste during calendar year 2015.
- Toyota’s Kentucky Parts Center developed collapsible packaging that can be reused an average of 14 times and eliminates 608,600 pounds from being landfilled.
- Toyota has over 1,000 acres across 10 North American sites with Conservation Certifications from the Wildlife Habitat Council.
- Team members at 11 North American sites have planted gardens to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Four sites have even had their gardens certified as Monarch Waystations by Monarch Watch.
- Toyota has been the national corporate sponsor of National Public Lands Day since 1999. The 2015 event contributed an estimated $18 million in volunteer services to improve public lands across the U.S.
- With 54 and counting, Toyota and Lexus have more dealership facilities certified to LEED® standards in the U.S. and Canada than any other auto manufacturer.
- Residents from more than 4,100 U.S. cities pledged to save over 1.9 billion gallons of water as part of the annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, sponsored by Toyota.
- Last year, Toyota sites collected 267,818 pounds of household waste and donations from team members and local residents, equal to the weight of 20 full-size male African elephants.