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December 15, 2023

Every Vios, Innova, and Even Next-Generation Tamaraw Built In Santa Rosa Will Use Green Energy

In its bid towards carbon neutrality, the country’s number car brand and leading manufacturer, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) will be switching to 100 percent renewable energy (RE) for its manufacturing needs.

This means every Toyota vehicle produced at the Santa Rosa, Laguna plant such as the Vios and Innova as well as the next-generation Tamaraw (IMV 0) will be using 100 percent green energy starting December 26.

The carmaker has signed a Retail Supply Contract (RSC) with Team (Philippines) Energy Corporation—a retail electricity supplier—to supply it with 90 percent of its energy requirements for manufacturing from renewable sources. This complements the power already sourced from its 1.46-megawatt rooftop solar power system.

Every megawatt hour supplied to Toyota Motor Philippines will be backed by an International Renewable Energy Certificate or I-REC(E), which verifies its sourcing from a domestic renewable energy plant.

“This energy transition will neutralize TMP’s Scope 2 Emissions, particularly the indirect carbon dioxide emissions from purchased electricity for manufacturing operations,” TMP president Atsuhiro Okamoto remarked.

“Such is a significant milestone for TMP and its mission to address climate change, making its automotive manufacturing plant in Santa Rosa City, Laguna the front-runner and early achiever of 100 percent RE ratio target for Toyota in the ASEAN region.”

Until year 2035, TMP is geared towards decarbonizing the rest of its energy sources for manufacturing, particularly for petrol-type generators, ovens, and boilers for painting processes.

In 2020, Global Toyota set its target for all its manufacturing plants to be carbon-neutral by 2035 under the Company’s overall Net Zero commitment, better known as the Toyota Environmental Challenge (TEC) 2050.

Doing their part in tackling the TEC 2050 in the Philippines, local Toyota suppliers and dealers have followed TMP’s lead and implemented energy efficiency and RE initiatives.

To date, several companies also have undertakings to achieve 100 percent RE ratio, either by investing in onsite solar power facility and or procuring RE through the Philippine government’s Green Energy Option Program or GEOP. These companies include Denso Ten Philippines Corporation, Hino Motors Philippines Corporation, Denso Philippines Corporation, and International Wiring Systems Philippines for suppliers, as well as Toyota Global City, Toyota Mabolo City, and Toyota Pasong Tamo for dealers.

In terms of compliance with strict environmental standards, Toyota suppliers and all established Toyota dealers nationwide (including Lexus Manila) are certified under ISO 14001, as part of Toyota environmental management systems’ (Toyota Green Purchasing Guidelines and Asia Pacific Eco-Dealership Program) mandates.

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