Toyota, producer of the world’s most popular hybrid the Pruis, has seen emissions from its UK operations down by 19% at the end of the last financial year compared with 2009 levels.
As part of its annual green month, Toyota GB is taking stock of its efforts, which have seen the company reduce its carbon footprint by hundreds of tonnes of CO2 through a series of measures to cut energy consumption.
These measures have included the switch to LED lighting systems at its Portbury vehicle import centre in Bristol, which together with a new lighting control system and air conditioning unit contributed a 23% reduction in electricity use and a 17% cut in gas consumption.
At the company’s Surrey headquarters, the switch to LED lighting and sensors in meeting rooms to reduce usage, as well as adjusting air conditioning temperatures, has saved more than 400 tonnes of CO2 a year.
Toyota says it is well on target to meet its goal of cutting its annual combined emissions from all its sites in Britain by 20% by 2013.
“Toyota is world-famous for making cars that are environmentally efficient, but the company has a 360-degree approach to environmental matters that takes in every aspect of its operations,” says Thomas Rosselle of Toyota GB. “The work we are doing in our offices, workshops and training centres in the UK to achieve big reductions in our carbon emissions demonstrates our commitment to this ethos.”
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22 June 2012