Toyota Is Greenest Car Manufacturer in Europe
Nov 9 2011
Toyota has been awarded the Green Manufacturing Award 2011 in honour of its outstanding achievements in its operations in Europe. Toyota Motor Europe, which controls the company’s vehicle plants at Deeside and Burnaston in the United Kingdom, was presented with the award by the World Trade Group. The award is intended to recognise the work of companies that demonstrate the best performance in environmental manufacturing.
The success of Toyota is a reflection on the focus on the environment across its operations, not just in the development of motor vehicles that are more fuel efficient and lower in CO2 emissions. Performance in areas such as reduction of waste from production processes, maximising energy efficiency, compliance with environmental regulations and water usage and treatment were all looked at by adjudicators, after which Toyota emerged as the winning manufacturer.
In the eight year period between 2001 and 2009, Toyota helped to reduce the environmental impact of every vehicle that they manufactured in Europe by as much as 40 per cent in terms of the use of energy, 44 per cent in terms of water usage, 51 per cent in the emission of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and 38 per cent in terms of waste produced. Some of these models are used by fleets in business car leasing schemes. Toyota is continuing to work on improving its performance in this area still further.
The Plant Engineering and Safety General Manager for Toyota, Steve Hope, accepted the award at the fifth Strategic Manufacturing Awards, which was held in Dusseldorf. “This award recognises the tremendous efforts by the members at all of our European Manufacturing facilities", Hope commented.
Author - Louise Hutchinson
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