Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables - December 18, 2018
Toyota reports progress on Environmental Challenge 2050
As part of the release of Toyota’s North American Environmental Report, the company recapped a year of positive impacts it has made as part of the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, a long-term commitment to support and foster a more inclusive and sustainable society.
According to a statement from Toyota, the first three challenges focus on carbon and call for eliminating—not just reducing— greenhouse gas emissions from new vehicles, operations, and supply chain activities. The fourth challenge addresses water availability and quality, while the fifth and sixth challenges seek to move closer to contributing to a recycling-based society and protecting nature.
"The Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 is the most demanding and most inspiring environmental commitment this company has ever made," said Toyota Motor North America Director of Environmental Sustainability, Kevin Butt. "Our success will come from a combination of continuous improvement and new ideas. And it will come from strategic partnerships, education and sharing our environmental know-how with others."
In 2018, Toyota announced it is building the world's first megawatt-scale tri-generation plant, which will supply Toyota's vehicle logistics operation at the Port of Long Beach with three key components of the operation: 100 percent renewable power, 100 percent renewable hydrogen fuel, and clean water.
Among other highlights from Toyota’s report:
- Toyota and Lexus have 16 advanced technology vehicles on the market in North America, with cumulative sales topping 3.3 million.
- 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 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.
- Toyota joined the ranks of the top 10 companies with the most LEED®-certified retail locations (excluding financial institutions with retail bank 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.
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