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Toyota North America outlines progress toward 2050 environmental targets

Toyota Motor Corp.'s North American division announced Dec. 17 progress made toward its target of achieving a net positive environmental impact by 2050.

Toyota's North American sites have so far invested almost $1 million to ensure that more than 2 million pounds of material was either recycled or properly disposed of, according to a company release.

The carmaker said it reduced the amount of PVC sprayed onto the underbodies of its Sienna minivans, saving around 24,000 pounds in materials annually.

Toyota's Mississippi plant, meanwhile, reduced water use by 32% in the last two years. In total, Toyota's North American manufacturing plants recycled or reused 148 million gallons of water, the company said.

In 2018, Toyota North America also announced plans to build a megawatt-scale tri-generation plant, which will supply the company's vehicle logistics operation at the Port of Long Beach with 100% renewable power, 100% renewable hydrogen fuel and clean water.

The initiatives are in line with the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, a set of six goals through which the company aims to make a net positive environmental impact.