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Toyota Unveils New Plan to Go Green

Posted at Fri, Sep 20, 2019 9:00 AM

The current state of the environment and the ever-increasing concerns posed to it can no longer be ignored, and that’s why Toyota has taken innovative steps over the years to address these issues by developing and designing green cars, as well as making changes to its manufacturing process. Recently the company has announced a new initiative aimed at reducing the environmental impact of automotive manufacturing and driving even further.

To that end, they’ve set up six different challenges that encompass three vital areas of environmental and societal importance: Improving manufacturing, improving cars, and enriching the lives of communities in the process. These ambitious goals, directed toward achieving environmental sustainability, are meant to be achieved over the span of the next 35 years. With this in mind, follow along with the Westbury Toyota team as we show you exactly how these green initiatives by Toyota will help bring eco-friendly advancements not to just to Long Island, but to the whole world.

Utilizing Virtual Power Purchase Agreements

A key part of Toyota’s admirable green initiative is the assertive use of Virtual Power Purchase agreements (VPPAs). By using these, explains the editorial staff of The News Wheel, Toyota will be able to contract the providers of renewable energy in order to procure wind and solar panel energy that will feed directly to regional power grids. By using renewable electricity in this manner, Toyota will earn Renewable Energy Credits, which not only reduces the demand for energy derived from fossil fuels, but also offset the emissions from its North American facilities by as much as a projected 40 percent.

.The VPPA program was developed over the course of six years by Toyota in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Lab, the Rocky Mountain Institute, and MIT. The potential for reducing harmful emissions by 2050 will be assisted by the manufacturer achieving several goals outlined in the program, including these below:

  • Utilizing effective waste water management while diminishing water consumption in accordance with the conditions in each relative country and region.
  • Developing and utilizing manufacturing technologies that utilize hydrogen as a primary power source.
  • Completely eliminate all carbon dioxide emissions from the lifecycle of vehicles, including parts, materials, and manufacturing.

Ever-Better Cars, Ever-Better Manufacturing, Enriching Lives of Communities

Vehicle emissions are no longer the main concern, Eric C. Evarts of Green Car Reports says, and automakers are focused now on the emissions coming from their factories and other related operations "We are committed to setting an example of sustainability that goes beyond vehicles to show how a company can significantly reduce the environmental impact of its operations,” said Kevin Butt, the General Manager of Toyota Motors North America. Toyota is on the road to proving that commitment by taking a three-prong approach to achieving its impressive, environmentally conscious goals, and they center around the vehicle manufacturing process, the cars themselves, and the enrichment of communities.

"Ever-better cars" refers to Toyota’s plan to reduce the average global new-vehicle carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 90 percent by 2050 in comparison to Toyota’s 2010 global average. One of the key initiatives behind this plan is to continue to construct and utilize next-generation technologies and promote their usage with the aim of conserving energy, as well as diversifying all fuel sources used.

"Ever-better manufacturing" is meant to solve a huge problem: By 2050, Toyota aims to have zero emissions at all their manufacturing plants. This is a monumental task to tackle, and the company is going to do so by making continual improvements in addition to introducing low carbon dioxide production methods.

As for "enriching lives of communities,” Toyota means to work together with communities in order to promote conservation activities and recycling technologies. This includes reusing end-of-life vehicles in order to construct new cars, utilizing parts for longer, and using eco-materials during the manufacturing process.

With these three goals in mind, Toyota aims not only to improve its own automotive industrial impact upon the environment, but also foster growth and awareness within communities in regard to eco-awareness.

"We are committed to setting an example of sustainability that goes beyond vehicles to show how a company can significantly reduce the environmental impact of its operations. By cutting our U.S. emissions by forty percent, we will be that much closer to our goal of having a net positive impact on the environment by the middle of this century."
- Kevin Butt, General Manager and Regional Environmental Sustainability Director for Toyota Motor North America.

A Green Focus All Around

As concern over the environment and our impact on the natural world continues to grow, it’s imperative that industry leaders take the initiative and help find solutions to these issues. Toyota has made environmental solutions a main focus for many years and, as you can see, plans to continue doing so long into the future.

This global focus on reducing emissions across the board is unlike any other, and we here at Westbury Toyota are happy to be a part of an organization that is determined to do everything possible to make the world a better, healthier place through continuous internal improvement.

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