Net Positive Impact for Toyota
Toyota has been striving to make a positive impact on the environment within communities across both the United States and Canada. According to the North American Environmental Report, 2016 has been a big year for Toyota regarding these changes. Toyota’s North American Operations have reduced water usage by almost 100 million gallons, and plans for a 7.7 megawatt solar array at Toyota’s headquarters campus. This will reduce annual carbon emissions by 7,122 metric tons! That is enough electricity to be used by 1,000 homes within a year.
Toyota’s Global Environmental Challenge 2050 includes a set of six challenges to create a positive impact for our planet. Consistent, incremental improvements will be made to achieve the goal of 2050 and create a more sustainable future. Toyota’s Environmental Challenge 2050 includes three challenges that focus on carbon and the call for eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from all vehicles, operations, and supply chain. Water availability and quality will be the fourth challenge, and the fifth and sixth challenge focus on moving closer to a recycling-based society.
Toyota also hopes to get to zero emissions by introducing the Prius Prime, which is the most fuel-efficient vehicle on the road today. The Prius Prime gets an estimated 133 MPGe, and represents a 26% enhancement over its predecessor. In California, the Toyota Mirai is one of the highest ranges of zero emission vehicles on the road. Water withdrawals were reduced by 99.8 million gallons in 2016; and Toyota dealers in California saved 8.4 million gallons of water last summer by encouraging customers to skip the complimentary cash wash after service.
With more than 1,000 acres across 10 North American sites, all certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council, Toyota hopes to establish a future society in harmony with nature. Since 1999, Toyota has been the national corporate sponsor of National Public Lands Day. An estimated $18 million was contributed to the 2015 event in volunteer services. With more than any other auto manufacturer, Toyota and Lexus together have more dealership facilities certified to LEED® standards in the U.S. and Canada.
Toyota USA Newsroom. Toyota Aims for Net Positive Impact: 2016 North American Environmental Report Tracks Progress. December 15, 2016.