Toyota has won the 2011 Green Manufacturing Award!
The award recognises the best performance in environmental manufacturing.
Toyota's success demonstrates how its focus on the environment extends to every aspect of its operations, not just the development of vehicles that are cleaner and more fuel efficient.
Toyota emerged the winner after the adjudicators looked at case studies from the short-listed contenders to analyse performance in areas such as maximising energy efficiency, water usage and treatment, compliance with environmental regulations and the reduction of waste from production processes.
The judges praised Toyota's approach to environmental issues in production, which forms a clear link to the fundamental principles of the Toyota Production System.
Toyota's achievements include eliminating landfill and incinerated waste and reducing the amount of energy and water required to build each vehicle.
The award was accepted at the fifth annual Strategic Manufacturing Awards ceremony in Dusseldorf, by Steve Hope, Toyota's General Manager of Plant Engineering and Safety.
He said, "This award recognises the tremendous efforts by the members at all of our European Manufacturing facilities who continuously improve, and apply their knowledge of and expertise in the Toyota Production System to their daily activities.
Between 2001 and 2009, Toyota reduced the consolidated impact of each vehicle built in Europe by 40% in terms of energy use; 38% in waste produced; 51% in the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs); and 44% in water usage.
Next Green Car recognises the importance of combining green manufacturing processes with improvements to vehicle efficiency, as vehicle manufacture is just as important when calculating a car's overall lifecycle environmental impact.