CLARINGTON, Ontario – September 22, 2022 – Toyota Canada’s Eastern Canada Parts Distribution Centre (ECPDC) has officially switched on a 965 kW DC / 759 kW AC rooftop solar system that will generate 1145 MWh annually, providing all the electrical needs of the building and carbon offsets needed on-site.
The ECPDC is a facility with 44,356 square-metres of warehouse and office space in Clarington, Ontario, and a recipient of Zero Carbon Building – Design™ certification by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), making it one of the most environmentally sustainable buildings of its kind in the country.
“From the very beginning, our new ECPDC was designed with environmental sustainability in mind,” said Tony Kelly, Vice President of Customer Services at Toyota Canada. “By flipping the switch on our rooftop solar system, we’ve achieved another major milestone in our efforts to go above and beyond - not only to meet our own sustainability targets, but to limit our carbon footprint for future generations.”
A zero-carbon certified - and now solar-powered - facility is tangible proof of Toyota’s commitment to sustainability targets, ultimately supporting the company’s global commitment to a net-zero carbon future. It’s also a clear example of Toyota's focus on reducing carbon throughout its operations now.
Some of the building’s other sustainability features include:
- A site carefully selected to minimize impact on local waterways and ecosystems
- Geothermal heating to reduce the building’s reliance on emission-producing fuels
- Dynamic self-dimming glass to control glare and help reduce the need for cooling
- A 25,000-litre cistern to supply the facility’s low-flow toilets and urinals with rain or snow collected from its roof, saving more than 325,000 litres of water per year
- Natural, drought-resistant plants and multi-use outdoor trails for the community – features which further limit the facility’s overall environmental impact
Click here to watch a video outlining the key features of the building.
This project is registered under the LEED® green building rating system and is targeting a LEED® Gold certification.
Built with a focus on employee safety and comfort, as well as sustainability and accessibility, Toyota's new ECPDC plays an essential role in its Canadian parts and service operations by allowing for continued growth and increased parts and service efficiency for Toyota and Lexus customers and guests across Eastern Canada.
About Canada Green Building Council
CaGBC is the leading national organization dedicated to advancing green building, building retrofit, and sustainable community development practices. CaGBC works with industry and government at the local, provincial, and national levels to make every building greener, focusing on reducing carbon emissions, lessening the environmental impacts of buildings, and improving occupant health. To accomplish this, CaGBC sets and verifies advanced green building standards, conducts government advocacy and market research, and provides education and training. In 2004, CaGBC established the LEED® green building rating system in Canada and developed the first Zero Carbon Building Standard in 2017. For more information, visit cagbc.org.
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sold over six million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 287 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability to the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax, and parts distribution centres in Clarington and Vancouver. Toyota also operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than nine million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid, as well as Lexus NX 250, NX 350 and NX 350h hybrid. The company has sold more than 19 million electrified vehicles worldwide and is the number one seller of electrified vehicles in Canada.