Toyota Releases 2009 Environmental Report

Caught in a bitter battle with the NHTSA and its consumers to save its image in North America, Japanese carmaker Toyota is trying to earn some points by providing North American residents with the 2009 environmental report, showcasing its achievements in 2009, in accordance with its 2011 Environmental Action Plan.

"Like many other companies, we faced a difficult business climate over the last year,” Dian Ogilvie, senior vice president of Toyota Motor North America said in a release.

But even with this challenge, we accomplished a great deal. We made reductions in energy consumption, water use and waste generation that will benefit us greatly in the future.  Our commitment to operating in harmony with the environment and our vision for sustainable mobility is as strong as ever.

Toyota's environmental report highlights include:

  • the introduction of the third-generation Prius
  • the launch of the the Lexus HS 250h with Ecological Plastics
  • the installation of the second-largest solar panel array in the US at the Toyota center in Ontario, California – a 2.3 megawatt system expected to produce more than 3.7 million kilowatts hours per year and insuring up to 58 percent of the electricity needed at the facility
  • the installation of water-borne paint systems at the company’s plants in Princeton, Indiana, and Woodstock, Ontario
  • the installation of the photovoltaic system at the Huntsville, Alabama plant – a five-kilowatt solar panel which generates enough energy to light over 16,000 square feet of floor space.

The full, detailed environmental report issued by Toyota can be found by following this link.
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