8.11.2011 Toyota wins Green Manufacturing Award
Toyota has won the 2011 Green Manufacturing Award in recognition of the outstanding environmental achievements of its European operations.
The honour has been presented to Toyota Motor Europe, the company which controls Toyota's Burnaston and Deeside plants, at the fifth annual Strategic Manufacturing Awards ceremony by the World Trade Group.
The award recognises the best performance in environmental manufacturing. Toyota's success demonstrates how its focus on the environment extends to every aspect of its operations, not just the development of vehicles that are cleaner and more fuel efficient.
Toyota emerged the winner after the adjudicators looked at case studies from the short-listed contenders to analyse performance in areas such as maximising energy efficiency, water usage and treatment, compliance with environmental regulations and the reduction of waste from production processes. The judges praised Toyota's approach to environmental issues in production, which forms a clear link to the fundamental principles of the Toyota Production System.
The performance of Toyota's UK factories is central to Toyota's global environmental mission. The Burnaston car plant in Derbyshire is one of the company's Sustainable Plants, which focuses on efficiency and the harnessing of sustainable energy. Toyota's achievements include eliminating landfill and incinerated waste and reducing the amount of energy and water required to build each vehicle. Earlier this year, Burnaston achieved another UK industry-first in switching on a vast solar panel array, capable of capturing up to 4.6 million kWh of sustainable energy annually – enough to build around 7,000 cars.
The award was accepted at the fifth annual Strategic Manufacturing Awards ceremony in Dusseldorf, by Steve Hope, Toyota's General Manager of Plant Engineering and Safety. He said, "This award recognises the tremendous efforts by the members at all of our European Manufacturing facilities who continuously improve, and apply their knowledge of and expertise in the Toyota Production System to their daily activities."
Between 2001 and 2009, Toyota reduced the consolidated impact of each vehicle built in Europe by 40% in terms of energy use; 38% in waste produced; 51% in the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs); and 44% in water usage.
Next Green Car recognises the importance of combining green manufacturing processes with improvements to vehicle efficiency, as vehicle manufacture is just as important when calculating a car's overall lifecycle environmental impact. After all, lifecycle carbon emissions represent the true impact of a vehicle. A vehicle's 'tailpipe' CO2 emissions figure, that is so commonly published, often gives a false impression; especially when electric cars are involved where 'zero emissions' is quoted.
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