Toyota Plans to Reduce Emissions at American Plants by 40%

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The Toyota Prius is the original hybrid. Most car brands now have at least one hybrid vehicle and those that don’t probably have them in the works. Toyota has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to green initiatives and making the planet a safer place when it comes to emissions. 

Now, Toyota has a plan to cut CO2 emissions from its plants all around the globe by 2050. This plan is called the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050. There are six objectives Toyota will word towards to achieve this goal. They are:

1. A 90 percent reduction in global average CO2 emissions from new vehicles vs. 2010 levels.

2. The complete elimination of CO2 emissions from the entire vehicle life cycle; zero emissions at all manufacturing plants worldwide.

3. Elimination of CO2 emissions from all suppliers and logistics streams from overall operations.

4. Minimizing water usage and implementing water discharge management protocols.

5. Promoting global deployment of end-of-life vehicle treatment and recycling.

6. Connecting and promoting nature conversation activities outside the Toyota Group in the communities where it operates.

This month, as part of Environmental Challenge 2050, Toyota announced a goal of reducing carbon output at American plants by up to 40 percent over the next three years.

Toyota will do this by entering into Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs). The VPPAs will allow Toyota to contract with renewable energy providers to generate wind and solar power directly to regional electric grids. This power supply should improve the sustainability of the electric grids and reduce the use of fossil fuels.  

“Toyota has long been defined by its commitment to responsible environmental practices, and we’re proud to build upon that great legacy today,” Kevin Butt, general manager and regional environmental sustainability director for Toyota, said in a statement. “We are committed to setting and 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 40 percent, we will be that much closer to our goal of having a net positive impact on the environment by the middle of the century.”

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