Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. is the manufacturing headquarters for 15 vehicle, engine, and parts plants. Toyota is receiving ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence recognition for maintaining strong support for managing energy across its operations and is continuously refining its energy program. Key accomplishments include:
· Reducing energy intensity by more than 9 percent in 2010 and 16 percent since 2002.
· Reducing the company's carbon footprint by engaging Tier 1 suppliers. Twenty-five percent were trained to conduct plant energy assessments and provided access to tools, support from its engineers, and encouragement to join ENERGY STAR for further support.
· Certifying two assembly plants for the ENERGY STAR by scoring in the top quartile nationally using EPA's assembly plant energy performance indicator.
· Leading the auto industry in an expanded benchmarking program to identify best practices and opportunities for improvement with ENERGY STAR.
· Strengthening corporate energy management by completing an in-depth analysis of response time to information collected by the company's metering system. Reporting time delays from manual data collection are being addressed in a pilot project.
· Studying the potential savings of eliminating steam from the paint air make up units in assembly plants. If applied in all North American plants, the company estimates savings would exceed 1 million MMBtu.
· Completing a paint shop energy minimization analysis for opportunities to shift a portion of fixed energy use to variable, making consumed energy more proportional to vehicle production; the company identified reduction opportunities of 185,000 MMBtu, which are underway.