Here’s Why Toyota is a Green Company

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April is Keep America Beautiful Month and we can’t think of a better car company that’s doing its part to go green than Toyota!

Toyota dominates the eco-friendly vehicle market thanks to its hybrid and fuel cell vehicle (FCV) lineup. The Prius was created 20 years ago and now Toyota has eight vehicles that are either a hybrid or FCV. That’s about twice as many as most car brands. With a commitment to green platforms, Toyota is committed to building a sustainable future. 

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22 and Keep America Beautiful Month, we’re telling you about the ways Toyota, as a company, is making a positive impact on the environment. 

• Toyota is currently developing the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support Toyota operations at the Port of Long Beach. The facility will use bio-waste from California agricultural waste to generate hydrogen, electricity and water. The station will fuel Mirai vehicles passing through the port and Toyota’s proof of concept Class 8 HCV Truck when complete.

• Toyota produces more electrified vehicles worldwide than any other company, selling almost 11.5 million hybrids. By 2025, Toyota will have an electrified option or a dedicated electrified vehicle for every model in its lineup. By 2030, Toyota hopes to have sold 5.5 million-plus electrified vehicles globally. 

• More than 43.2 million gallons of water were saved last fiscal year because of projects at four North American manufacturing plants.

• Team members at 13 Toyota sites across North America have planted pollinator gardens to encourage the growth and development of monarch butterflies and other pollinator species. Three of those sites have planted Monarch Watch-certified monarch waystations.

• Eight North American manufacturing plants have upgraded to LED lighting. This is expected to save an estimated 20,000 megawatts per year while avoiding approximately 17,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

• Ninety-two percent (461 tons of material) of the waste generated during construction of Toyota’s new research and development campus in York, Michigan was recycled.

• Toyota will be spending millions of dollars for three hydrogen fuel providers for a growing community of FCV drivers.

• Only one percent of the waste from Toyota North American facilities was disposed in landfills in 2016. The other 91 percent was composted, reused, recycled or sent to a waste-to-energy facility.

• Toyota worked with one of its packaging suppliers to find a way to recycle and reuse out of date packaging from vehicle model changes. Eight plants adopted this solution and Toyota expects to eliminate 13 million pounds of waste annually because of it.

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