Our Commitment to the Environmentclose
Protecting the environment is a commitment that affects all our operations — from the efficient, environmentally sensitive vehicles we design, to the emphasis we place on sustainable business, manufacturing and building practices across our company.
Toyota is already designing the next generation of fuel-efficient vehicles. First, we’ve expanded the Prius family to include three additional vehicles, including a plug-in hybrid. We’ve also introduced two electric vehicles to the market in 2012: the electric RAV 4 powered by Tesla, and the iQ EV. In 2015, we’ll introduce a fuel cell vehicle, which will rely solely on batteries and hydrogen, forming zero-emission water vapor as exhaust.
Each of our production and logistics facilities has its own environmental management system (EMS). These plans are designed to help set, measure and attain goals for improving our environmental performance while reducing our impact. Toyota’s efforts were recognized with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) highest honor: the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for energy efficiency. In early 2012, Toyota earned its eighth ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, acknowledging our long-term commitment to the environment across our U.S. manufacturing operations.
Toyota also works hard to extend the same commitment to protecting the environment in the broader community beyond just our vehicles. For example, 11 of our North American facilities and 18 of our dealerships have achieved LEED certification, which is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council to recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. In fact, working with dealers like Kendall Toyota in Eugene, Oregon to construct greener buildings has led to Kendall being designated the only LEED Platinum-certified dealership in the world. Toyota has also created and sponsored environmental programs like the TogetherGreen partnership with the National Audubon Society, and National Public Lands Day (NPLD) in partnership with the National Environmental and Education Foundation.
To learn more about all of Toyota's environmental initiatives, take a look at our annual Environmental Report: http://www.toyota-global.com/sustainability/report/sr/