Nairobi/Brussels, Monday 18 August – Toyota Motor Europe has become the first car manufacturer to join the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net), the bold initiative by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The CN Net, launched in February, is a vast web-based network aiming to federate the growing wave of nations, local authorities, private companies and organizations which are pledging to significantly reduce their emissions or even neutralize them.
Toyota Motor Europe is the European headquarters of the world's largest auto manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation, an acknowledged leader in environmental technologies which has sold more than 1.5 million hybrid cars worldwide.
As the company behind Prius, the world's first mass-produced hybrid car, Toyota says it is more committed than ever to developing advanced and innovative technologies towards sustainable mobility.
Mr. Willy Tomboy, Environmental Officer at Toyota Motor Europe, said: "Toyota Motor Europe (TME) is excited to join forces with the Climate Neutral Network, as part of a shared mandate to tackle the issue of climate change. We have long believed that environmental sustainability represents one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. The network offers a rare opportunity to leverage resources and share knowledge with like-minded organizations to affect positive change in communities the world-over."
Angela Cropper, Deputy Executive Director of UNEP, said: "We are delighted to welcome Toyota Motor Europe into the Climate Neutral Network, an initiative which is gaining more and more momentum. The participation of a major company like Toyota is a sign that private companies are increasingly playing their part on the road to a low carbon society."
Toyota is currently developing a broad array of improvements in fuel efficiency and conducting research into low-CO2 alternative energy sources. Toyota Motor Europe has already cut average energy consumption per-vehicle in the production process by 44 per cent since 2001. The company's Five-Year Environmental Action Plan calls for further cuts in energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and all of its logistics partners now have to report their CO2 emissions in accordance with Toyota's Green Purchasing Guidelines.
Along with the five other companies which joined the CN Net today – the Carbon Association of Australasia (Australia), CO2focus (Norway), EcoSecurities (UK), Green Cabs (New Zealand) and Wairau River Wines (New Zealand) – Toyota Motor Europe will share ideas and best practice with the rest of the growing CN Net community on the road to a low carbon society.
Quotes from the other new CN Net participants:
"The CN Network is an informative and collaborative forum where like-minded organizations can openly share best practice and experiences to arrive at our combined goal of a climate neutral impact. Positioned at the forefront of the carbon markets, EcoSecurities is fully committed to that goal."
Niall Thorburn, Commercialisation Manager
Wairau River Wines
"Working on the land all my life I have always been aware of the environment and am conscious of our impact on it, respect for the environment is paramount in all decisions concerning our winery and vineyards. It is important to our family company to have the least impact possible on our surroundings, ensuring that the wonderful environment we live in is here for future generations to enjoy, thereby allowing us to continue creating world class wines. Joining the Climate Neutral Network allows us to share our experiences and learn from others who have a similar goals to Wairau River Wines."
Phil Rose, Owner of Wairau River Wines
"CO2focus would like to join the Carbon Neutral Network (CN Net) to show its support and participation in the fight against global warming. The decision was made due to several reasons; environmental commitment, corporate responsibility, business opportunities etc, but first of all it was important to demonstrate that we follow the same rules and make the same commitment as our current and future clients. The network offers a unique opportunity for countries, cities, businesses and organisations to share their strategies for GHG emission reductions and thus further increase the awareness and knowledge of climate change."
Jan Willy Elmenhorst-Larsen, Managing Director
Carbon Association Australasia
"The Carbon Association Australasia is on target to reach zero emissions as an organization by the end of the 2008. We are also on target in assisting many of our members to also reach this target. The Carbon Association of Australasia is grateful and very proud to be part of the CN Net program. We will continue to share our experiences and learn more on emissions reduction strategies and implementation."
Chairman of The Carbon Association Australasia Ltd, David Ryan
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