Toyota US Doubles Down On Carbon Neutrality Environmental Goals With New Report

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From next year, 22% of the brand's electricity consumption should come from renewable sources.

As Toyota works toward achieving its Environmental Challenge 2050 goals, the North American subsidiary has launched a new website to better highlight how it hopes to implement sustainability across the board.

The launch of the new environmental sustainability website coincides with the release of Toyota's 2022 North American Environmental Report, which has been simplified to help people better understand the automaker's environmental efforts.

While Toyota has garnered plenty of criticism for not focusing all its energy on electric vehicles, it's clear to see the company is aiming to reduce its burden on the environment. In the 2022 financial year, 52% of Toyota and Lexus models had an electrified option, which is set to improve in the coming years.

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Earlier this year, the automaker released the all-electric bZ4X for sale in the US and Canada, and the Lexus RZ is expected to arrive shortly. But reducing emissions is about so much more than selling eco-friendly cars. Changes need to be made to the manufacturing process, which is why Toyota North America has reduced the weight of plastic packaging procured between 2018 and 2022 by 19%.

In 2021, the company recycled or repurposed 93% of its generated waste.

More importantly, from next year, 22% of Toyota North America's electricity consumption is expected to come from renewable sources. 248 examples of the company's shunt trucks - also known as terminal tractors or yard trucks - will be converted to electric power by 2025.

These initiatives and many more will get the North American subsidiary closer to its environmental ambitions.

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The end goal, set for 2050, will see the company achieve carbon neutrality across vehicle lifecycles. Before then, in 2035, Toyota is aiming to reach carbon neutrality at all North American facilities.

By 2030, the automaker hopes to reduce global average CO2 emissions (from new vehicles) by 35%. While rivals are steaming ahead in the electric race, Toyota still backs hydrogen technology. Aside from the Mirai (pictured below), the company recently introduced an experimental Corolla Cross and continues to exploit the technology in motor racing.

That's not to say the company won't introduce electric vehicles. Last year, the company previewed a staggering 16 EVs, though some of them have been axed since then.

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