Continued Advancements in Fuel Economy, Technology and Manufacturing in North America
TORONTO – December 4, 2012 – Toyota today highlighted its sustainable manufacturing advancements and commitment to environmental leadership as it released its 2012 North America Environmental Report. The report spans Toyota operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico over during 2012, including research and development, manufacturing, logistics and sales.
Toyota has the most fuel efficiency passenger car fleet in Canada and remains the hybrid leader with approximately 80% of the Canadian hybrid market.
Achievements featured in the 2012 report include:
- New eco-conscious vehicles: two within the Prius family – the Prius c and Prius Plug-in Hybrid – and the highly anticipated, all-electric 2013 RAV4 EV manufactured at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Toyota’s award winning plant in Woodstock, Ontario
- Exceeding requirements under the Canadian Car Company Average Fuel Consumption (CAFC) standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for U.S. cars
- Ten Toyota North American plants achieved zero waste to landfill
- Seven per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per vehicle produced (since 2008)
- More than 600 suppliers and 41 Toyota sites have been internationally-certified environmental management systems
- A 15 per cent reduction in energy consumption per vehicle produced (since 2002)
"Toyota continues to be an environmental leader and believes in improving the quality of our lives at work, at home and in our community," said Stephen Beatty, Chief Environmental Officer, Toyota Canada Inc. "We strive to be a company that creates environmental technology and innovations by continuing to provide Canadians with sustainable options. Along with our network of dealers, suppliers and stakeholders, Toyota is committed to minimizing our environmental impacts and supporting environmental programs and initiatives in Canada."
The report also measured Toyota North American operations against one-year goals in compliance, air emissions, energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, waste minimization and water use. Key partnerships, industry trends and insight on consumer preferences also guide Toyota’s efforts in serving both the planet and its people.
To view the 2012 North American Environmental Report, please visit:http://www.toyota.com/about/environmentreport2012
Other highlights include:
Innovative Technology and Fuel-Efficiency
- The Prius Family continues to lead the Canadian hybrid market, capturing 48.2 per cent of Canadian hybrid purchases in the first half of 2012. More than 29,180 Prius Family vehicles have been sold in Canada and 2.9 million worldwide as of June 30, 2012.
- Prius tops both Natural Resources Canada’s and the U.S. EPA’s lists of the most fuel-efficient vehicles for 2012-making it 11 straight years that a Prius vehicle has won an ecoENERGY Award. Toyota continues to innovate using bio-based plastics in parts and components and is investigating new eco-friendly fabrics and carpets. In each model redesign or running change, more renewable, recycled and recyclable materials are considered.
- Toyota researchers are developing and testing approximately 100 vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells and plan to bring a Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle (FCHV) to market by 2015.
- Toyota is moving ahead with its goal to offer hybrid options on all its vehicles by 2020.
Production and Distribution
- Toyota’s North American manufacturing affiliate (Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.) received its eighth consecutive ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award. The division was recognized for several efforts, including decreasing absolute energy use by 9 per cent, influencing the company’s supply chain by continuing to train suppliers to conduct internal plant energy assessments known as treasure hunts and conducting new research for expanded benchmarking of assembly and powertrain plants.
- North American plants had zero violations and zero complaints. The Canadian logistics sites achieved their 14th year with no dangerous goods violations.
- Cumulative savings from the use of returnable containers in Toyota’s logistics division amounts to more than 129 million pounds of wood and 48 million pounds of cardboard. Toyota’s North American Parts Operations division uses more than 60,000 reusable metal shipping containers in place of cardboard and wood pallets, up from 30,000 a few years ago.
Sustainable Buildings and Dealerships
- Toyota leads the industry with 37 facilities certified to LEED® including 11 Toyota and Lexus sites and 26 dealerships across North America.
- Stouffville Toyota in Stouffville, Ontario, is the second Toyota dealership in Canada to earn LEED certification from the Canadian Green Building Council. Stouffville earned the highest LEED point total of any Canadian automotive dealership.
- In mid-2012, Toyota celebrated reaching 1 million Canadian children through the Evergreen Learning Grounds program. The program offers students a close, hands-on relationship with the natural world while educating them about the importance of restoring and protecting it.
- In 2008, Toyota provided a $20 million grant and launched TogetherGreen™ with the National Audubon Society. The program trains environmental leaders and awards grants for conservation projects across the United States. The program has trained 400 conservation leaders who have inspired volunteers to give more than 333,000 hours to various projects.
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars, SUVs and trucks. Toyota offers the most fuel efficient passenger car fleet in Canada, led by the industry’s largest selection of advanced technology vehicles such as the Toyota Prius. With a rich history of respect for the environment, Toyota Canada Inc. and its Dealerships align with like-minded organizations including Evergreen and Special Olympics Canada, and through the Toyota Canada Foundation, Earth Day Canada, Scientists in School and the Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), to make things better where we live, work and play. TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver.