ERLANGER, Kentucky (April 24, 2014) — What do the cities of Dallas, Texas and Oakland, Calif. have in common? A lot, according to Toyota’s engineers, despite the two cities being separated by nearly 1,700 miles with different demographics and industries.
Either city could be powered for an entire year based on the amount of energy not used by Toyota’s 14 North American manufacturing plants during the past decade. For engineers, that’s equal to nearly 11 billion kilowatt hours of energy. And for non-engineers, that’s enough to power nearly 400,000 average U.S. households for an entire year.
Toyota’s 41,000 team members’ continuous efforts to reduce energy use have resulted in Toyota’s 10th consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. EPA for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
Ten consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are the most by any automaker and Toyota’s accomplishments will be recognized in Washington, D.C., on April 29.
During the 10-year period, total energy use has been reduced by 22 percent per vehicle produced and total CO2 emissions has been reduced by 19 percent per vehicle produced. Total cost savings during the decade is nearly $500 million dollars.
“Through continuous improvement, good collaboration and sharing best practices, we continue to stay highly motivated to identify ways to minimize our impact to the environment,” says Robin Haugen, general manager of Toyota’s plant and environmental engineering group. “Our team members demonstrate that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen, and we are grateful to receive our tenth consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”
In addition to the award, Toyota has been recognized for its commitment to energy reduction activities by several agencies and organizations including:
Examples of energy reduction activities across Toyota’s 14 manufacturing plants include:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America
Erlanger, Kentucky; Ann Arbor and Saline, Michigan
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama
Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia
*The U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry is a tool designed to help energy managers and industrial sites improve energy performance and set goals. Industrial sites participate by committing to the pre-established goal of reducing energy intensity by ten percent within five years or less.
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 40,000 people (more than 32,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks (more than 2.2 million in the U.S.) in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today
Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
About Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
Toyota’s largest plant in North America, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) started production in May 1988. The Georgetown, Ky. plant employs about 7,000 full time team members and represents a $5.9 billion investment. TMMK currently produces the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza as well as four-cylinder and V-6 engines and other engine components. Current annual capacity is 500,000 vehicles and 600,000 engines. Since 1987, TMMK has donated more than $45 million to non-profit organizations throughout Kentucky.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.