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EPA recognizes Toyota for energy efficiency

Eight facilities in North America, including two Canadian sites, reduced energy intensity by 24%.


July 25, 2012
by PLANT STAFF

ERLANGER, Ky.: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized eight North American Toyota manufacturing sites for achieving a 10% reduction in energy intensity through its ENERGY STAR Challenge For Industry program, including the automaker’s Canadian operations in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ont.

Collectively, the eight facilities reduced energy intensity by nearly 24% from baseline. Energy intensity is measured relative to efficiency improvements in process and equipment.

Toyota Motor Mfg. Canada installed new controls in its hot water boiler linkage system that allow proper mixture without numerous adjustments. The facilities in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ont. were able to reduce CO2 emissions, and water and energy usage by 28.5%.

The ENERGY STAR Challenge For Industry program is only awarded to individual industrial sites. To gain recognition, the site’s company must be an ENERGY STAR partner. Earlier this year, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA) received its eighth consecutive ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for its continued commitment to protecting the environment through energy efficiency and management.

“This demonstrates that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen as we continuously identify new opportunities to reduce energy consumption while improving our processes,” said TEMA executive vice president Steve St. Angelo.

The other Toyota facilities recognized by the EPA include: Bodine Aluminum (Jackson, Tenn., and St. Louis, Mo.); Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama (Huntsville); Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (Princeton); Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (San Antonio); and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia (Buffalo).

Since 2006, Toyota’s US manufacturing operations have received 18 Energy Star Plant Awards from the US EPA, recognizing each plant’s energy performance over the past year and scoring in the top 25% of its industry.