Toyota’s long-term strategy to lead the world in reduction of carbon emissions
Toyota has a three-pronged approach for reducing their carbon footprint, and it doesn’t stop with producing efficient vehicles. From helping stakeholders reduce their carbon footprint to increasing the overall efficiency of Toyota operations, this company is dedicated to leading the North American auto industry in the increased use of green power.
In every area of manufacturing and operations, Toyota takes advantage of opportunities to reduce energy use. By using LED lights, investing in hybrid battery storage technology, carefully managing energy use in offices and plants, implementing adiabatic humidification projects, using compressed air more efficiently, implementing solar lighting, and taking advantage of natural daylight, Toyota is committed to reducing their reliance on purchased electricity.
The Toyota engine plant located in Alabama recently underwent changes that included a 1-million-dollar investment with the goal of making it more environmentally sustainable. This location realized a savings of 3.3 million kWh and 2000 metric ton of CO2 in just 12 months. Manufacturing plants in Princeton, Georgetown, Blue Springs, and San Antonio also experienced sweeping changes in how they use and re-use energy. As a result of these innovative green initiatives, Toyota received its 11th consecutive ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
In fact, with the 11 billion kiliowatt hours of energy reduced by Toyota’s 14 North American manufacturing plants in the past ten years, the city of Oakland, California could be powered for a year. That’s an energy savings that equals 822,464,341 gallons of gasoline. Overall, Toyota’s North American plants earned eight ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry Awards and five ENERGY STAR Automotive Assembly Plant Awards, making them a world leader in automotive energy efficiency initiatives.
Toyota realizes that collaborating with others to create an eco-friendly world climate is important. Innovative partnerships include a project to help Yellowstone National Park implement sustainable power for the Lamar Buffalo Ranch, testing real-world applications for plug-in vehicle charging at the National Renewable Energy Lab, and developing hydrogen infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles with First Element Fuel.
The impacts of climate change include droughts, changes to weather patterns, and floods. Toyota’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions, creating efficient vehicles, and collaborating with others to create eco-friendly communities is evidence of their dedication to the long-term health of the environment.