The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) awarded Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. with its 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency and management.
has earned EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award - the 2011 Sustained Excellence Award,” said Elizabeth Craig, acting director of EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Programs. “Toyota’s long term leadership and commitment to energy efficiency demonstrates the types of accomplishments that we can all achieve in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our global environment. We look forward to their continued partnership and leadership.”
“Our objective is to manufacture vehicles in harmony with the environment which takes a great level of responsibility and commitment,” said Robin Haugen, Toyota’s North American production engineering general manager. “It is thanks to our team members’ daily efforts that we are able to reduce our carbon footprint with every vehicle that rolls off our manufacturing lines year after year.”
Energy improvements at Toyota’s North American manufacturing facilities include reducing total energy use by 13% per vehicle and reducing water usage by 18% through no-cost and low-cost improvements. These improvments saved more than $20 million annually and reduced CO2 emission by almost 150,000 metric tons, equal to 19,000 homes.
Since 2006, Toyota’s U.S. manufacturing operations have received 18 Energy Star Plant Awards from the U.S. EPA, recognizing each plant’s energy performance over the past year and scoring in the top 25 percent of its industry.