Toyota wants to cut all CO2 manufacturing emissions by 2050.
Toyota has taken a step forward in sustainability. To reduce CO2 emissions from its manufacturing plant, the company goes solar. Toyota Motors Manufacturing Alabama announced that it would install a new 3.3-acre solar array at its Huntsville engine plant. Moreover, the company confirmed solar installations on three plants, including Huntsville, Missouri, and West Virginia.
“We had always looked forward to some steps to reduce its environmental footprint, from reducing its water usage to conserving energy and recycling materials. We are committed to setting an example of sustainability to show how a company can significantly reduce the environmental impact of its operations,” said Kevin Bell, an energy manager at Toyota Motor North America.
Toyota already installed solar arrays at plants in Mississippi and Texas by participating in the Global Environmental Challenge 2050. Also, the firm committed to eliminating all CO2 emissions from manufacturing by mid-century. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Toyota was among the top 20 companies using solar arrays in the US.
The Huntsville engine plant began in the year 2003. Since then, it’s the largest plant of Toyota’s North American operations. Besides, it’s also one of the company’s largest engine plants worldwide. The facility pumps out about 2,500 engines each day. That’s enough to cover almost one-third of Toyota vehicles produced in North America. It has expanded its production gradually with an investment of $1.2 billion and a 1400-member workforce.
Last year the company raised $288 million for producing 900,000 engines annually. Moreover, the project opened 450 new jobs. Toyota now builds a business partnership with Mazda, which will result in an assembly plant of $1.6 billion in Huntsville. The Solar power project will reduce CO2 emissions at the plant by 1,732 metric tons each year.