PLANO, Texas (December 15, 2016) — For Toyota, boldly shaping the future of mobility starts with making a positive impact on the environment in diverse communities across the United States and Canada.
In the recently published 2016 North American Environmental Report, Toyota outlined these positive impacts. Over the past year, Toyota’s North American operations have reduced water usage by nearly 100 million gallons, the equivalent to the annual water use of more than 900 average American families. Toyota also announced plans for a 7.75 megawatt solar array at Toyota’s new headquarters campus in Plano, Texas, which will reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 7,122 metric tons, or the equivalent of the electricity used by almost 1,000 homes in a year.
These and other efforts that address ever-better cars, ever-better manufacturing, and enriching lives within communities, are a core part of Toyota’s Global Environmental Challenge 2050, an ambitious set of six challenges that ultimately will create a net positive impact on the planet.
“To achieve our 2050 goal of net positive impact, we’ll continue to make consistent, incremental improvements,” said Toyota Motor North America Regional Environmental Director Kevin Butt. “These constant improvements, supported by innovative projects across Toyota operations in North America, will create positive change and a more sustainable future.”
The first three challenges as part of Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 focus on carbon and call for completely eliminating – not just reducing – greenhouse gas emissions from all vehicles, operations and supply chain. The fourth challenge addresses water availability and quality, while the fifth and sixth challenges seek to move closer to a recycling-based society and protect nature.
In North America, Toyota has already taken action to achieve the six challenges, which have helped Toyota meet, and in some cases exceed, 2014 to 2016 targets on vehicles, energy and greenhouse gases, water, chemical management, waste, biodiversity and outreach.
Additional highlights from the 2016 North American Environmental Report include the following:
Getting to Zero Emissions:
Minimizing and Optimizing Water Usage:
Establishing a Recycling-Based Society and Systems:
Establishing a Future Society in Harmony with Nature:
Community and Dealer/Facilities Outreach:
To view the full report, visit http://www.toyota.com/usa/environmentreport2016/.
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.
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