The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized eight Toyota manufacturing sites in North America for achieving a 10-percent reduction in energy intensity through its Energy Star Challenge for Industry program. Collectively, the eight sites have reduced energy intensity by nearly 24 percent.

The Energy Star Challenge for Industry program is awarded to individual industrial sites. To gain recognition, the site’s company must be an Energy Star partner. Energy intensity is measured relative to efficiency improvements in process and equipment.

Earlier this year, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America Inc. (TEMA) received its eighth consecutive Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award for protecting the environment through energy efficiency and management.

“Thanks to the efforts of our team members, Toyota has reduced our total energy use per vehicle over the last five years as we achieved greater energy efficiency across North America,” said TEMA executive vice president Steve St. Angelo. “This demonstrates that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen as we continuously identify new opportunities to reduce energy consumption while improving our processes.”

The eight Toyota facilities recognized by the EPA include: Bodine Aluminum in Jackson, Tenn., and St. Louis, Mo.; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama; Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana; Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas; and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia.

Since 2006, Toyota’s U.S. manufacturing operations have received 18 Energy Star Plant Awards from the EPA, recognizing each plant’s energy performance over the past year and scoring in the top 25 percent of its industry.

For more information, visit www.toyota.com.