New York, New York – Toyota has issued its ninth annual North American Environmental Report, announcing significant environmental accomplishments over the last year. The report is an update on progress toward the goals and targets in the company’s 2011 Environmental Action Plan.

The report details Toyota’s efforts in six key areas: energy and climate change, recycling and improved resource use, substances of concern, air quality, environmental management, and cooperation with society.

“Like many other companies, we faced a difficult business climate over the last year,” said Dian Ogilvie, senior vice-president of Toyota Motor North America. “But even with this challenge, we accomplished a great deal. We made reductions in energy consumption, water use and waste generation that will benefit us greatly in the future. Our commitment to operating in harmony with the environment and our vision for sustainable mobility is as strong as ever.”

Highlights from the report include:

– Introduction of the third-generation Prius and the new Lexus HS 250h, which includes ecological plastics in approximately 30 per cent of the combined interior and luggage areas

– Installation of the second-largest solar panel array in the U.S. at the company’s parts centre in Ontario, California

– Installation of water-borne paint systems, which reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds, at its plants in Woodstock, Ontario and Princeton, Indiana

– The company will start delivery of 500 Prius plug-in hybrid vehicles beginning in late 2009, and will bring a full electric vehicle to market in the 2012 time frame

– Fuel cell hybrid vehicle research continues, and the company aims to bring a fuel cell vehicle to market by 2015

– Energy improvements at U.S. plants have reduced CO2 emissions by almost 150,000 metric tonnes since the 2002 base year

To view the full report, visit Toyota.

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