Toyota Canada's first environmental progress report follows full vehicle life cycleToyota Canada last week released the first Canadian version of the multi-national automaker's North American Environmental Report (NAER). This is the first such comprehensive report to be issued by an automobile manufacturer in Canada, says the company.
The NAER is based on Toyota Motor Corporation's Earth Charter and Environmental Action Plan, published in April 2000. It applies to all the company's operations worldwide. The report is organized around the full vehicle life cycle, from development and design, through manufacturing, sales, distribution and service, to end-of-life recycling. It details Toyota Canada's goals, along with current and planned measures to increase fuel economy, reduce emissions, decrease the environmental impact of manufacturing, curtail packaging waste, energy use and water pollution of its administrative activities, and improve end-of-life vehicle recycling.
The release of the report also coincides with Toyota Canada's announcement of ISO 14001 registration. It is the first administrative facility in Toyota's global network to reach the internationally recognized standard for environmental management systems, and is the result of an extensive two-year effort within the company. The registration creates a template that will be implemented by the company's other Canadian facilities. These include four zone offices, the Vancouver parts and distribution centre, two vehicle processing centres, and Toyota's cold weather test facility in Timmins, Ontario.
Official certification was granted in November 2001, noted Toyota Canada chairman Yoshio Nakatani, who observed that "In North America we face unique challenges as we balance global environmental improvements with the need to develop and market vehicles that deliver better performance, comfort, safety and reliability to our customers.
"We at Toyota believe our investment in the environment will also reduce manufacturing costs, improve efficiency and deliver vehicles that exceed our customers' expectations," he added.
As a vehicle manufacturer, the company has focused both on making design improvements to gasoline-powered vehicles and making significant investments in the development of new technologies, including alternate fuels and the gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain successfully commercialized in the Prius sedan.
The NAER also outlines TCI's support for local environmental initiatives, including the Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds program, Friends of the Rouge Watershed and Earth Day Canada.
The full report may be viewed online at www.toyota.ca. More information is available from F David Stone at Toyota Canada, 416/431-8333.