Toyota receives Energy Star Award for sustained energy management
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing of North America has been recognized with the Energy Star Award for sustained excellence in energy management. Energy Star is a federally sponsored program designed to promote energy efficiency in buildings and products. It is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing of North America has been recognized with the Energy Star Award for sustained excellence in energy management. Energy Star is a federally sponsored program designed to promote energy efficiency in buildings and products. It is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America Inc., the North American manufacturing headquarters for Toyota vehicles, began production in Kentucky in 1986 and today employs more than 30,000 team members to operate 14 parts and vehicle manufacturing plants across North America. The company’s long-standing commitment to quality is evident in the energy systems in place to ensure the energy efficiency of its operations.
As a four-time recipient of the Energy Star Sustained Excellence recognition, Toyota continues to build on its management systems to reduce energy waste and share this expertise with other manufacturers. The company has instituted numerous internal energy efficiency practices that have led to Energy Star labeling of four Toyota assembly plants. These plants have achieved more than a 7% reduction in operational energy use despite market conditions, which have caused automobile producers to idle manufacturing capacity in 2008.
Additionally, Toyota has openly shared its systems, best practices and management techniques with Energy Star industrial partners and developed a program that teaches suppliers to manage energy and conduct energy assessments. The first such partner session identified 95 energy reduction opportunities in these companies.
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