Tag: Toyota green initiatives
There are a number of manufacturing processes within the Toyota plant require pure water. However, typically, 25 percent of the water that enters the facility do not meet this criteria.
But by implementing a system called reverse osmosis that separates impurities before the manufacturing process, Toyota has increased usable water from 75 to 90 percent at several of its plants.
Check out this graphic for details on how implementing the use of brackish reverse osmosis helps Toyota improve use rate from 75% to 90%.
At the Shanghai Auto Show last week, Toyota revealed a pair of green technology concepts, which might be a preview of hybrid systems that could appear in future models. Both cars are aimed at the Chinese market, with the FT-HT Yuejia debuting a six-seater hatch and the Yundong Shuangquing II previewing a new sedan model.
Toyota says that the hatch’s “Yuejia” name means “happy family”, while the sedan’s name combines “movement upon clouds” with the term “dual support” – the latter a reference to its petrol-electric powertrain. The Yundong Shuangqing II seems to be a more subdued version of the Furia concept seen at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, but now with a hybrid powertrain. Both the Furia and Yundong Shuangqing II concepts have sharply defined sheetmetal to separate the front of the car from the side. The two cars’ profiles look identical, from the upward kink of the rear side window to the character line that strikes through the door handles.
Little has been revealed about the concepts’ hybrid drivetrains, although Toyota has confirmed that a new system is being developed at its Changshu plant in China.
The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence awards are given annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding environmental leadership year after year. For its efforts, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. has once again received the award for the ninth consecutive year–the most times for any automaker with manufacturing facilities in North America.
During the past decade, cumulative cost savings at all Toyota North America’s 13 plants totaled more than $370 million. And, energy used by the plants has been reduced by 15 percent per vehicle produced, estimated to be enough energy to power 27,000 average households for 10 years.
Robin Haugen, general manager of Toyota Production Engineering — Plant and Environmental Engineering said, “The award gives us greater motivation to identify ways to minimize our impact on the environment while helping our bottom line. Our team members’ commitment to reducing energy and water consumption across our operations demonstrates that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen.”
Last summer, eight Toyota plants in North America, including the Gibson site, were recognized by the EPA for achieving a 10-percent reduction in energy intensity through the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry program. Collectively, the eight sites reduced energy intensity by nearly 24 percent from baseline. Energy intensity is measured relative to efficiency improvements in process and equipment.
Toyota collaborates with more than 180 suppliers across North America to share energy saving ideas and best practices. For a glance at Toyota’s 2012 North America Environmental Report visit http://www.toyota.com/about/environmentreport2012/index.html.