Erlanger, Kentucky – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. (TEMA) with a 2008 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award. The award, the fourth for Toyota, is in recognition of continued leadership in environmental protection through energy efficiency.

“Protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emission while improving energy efficiency is a top priority of our team members,” said Steve St. Angelo, TEMA Senior Vice-President. “Our commitment to the environment is a strong business case that not only helps our bottom line, but demonstrates our goal to be the most admired in town in the communities where we do business.”

Since 2002, Toyota has reduced its overall energy usage per vehicle by 21 per cent and CO2 emissions per vehicle by 20 per cent, equating to the energy used by 17,000 homes and a savings of US$26 million. Factors include new efficient plant lighting, reduced weekend and non-production energy usage, and water reduction during the paint process.

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