FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear recognized Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) and Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, North America (TEMA) at a ceremony Monday for earning the prestigious ENERGY STAR, a national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance.
At the ceremony, Gov. Beshear presented Steve St. Angelo, President of TMMK and Senior Vice President of TEMA with the official ENERGY STAR certificate, signed by Gov. Beshear.
In signing the certificate, Governor Beshear said, “This is a wonderful example of the benefits of energy efficiency; saving energy helps the industry bottom line, and protects the environment.”
The plant, which started vehicle production in 1988, is located in Georgetown, Kentucky, and is the only ENERGY STAR automotive plant in Kentucky and one of only 15 ENERGY STAR auto assembly plants in the nation. The office building in Erlanger, Kentucky, is one of only two ENERGY STAR office buildings in the state.
"Protecting the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emission while improving energy efficiency is a top priority of our 30,000 team members at Toyota's manufacturing facilities," said Steve St. Angelo, TEMA Senior Vice President. "Our commitment is a strong business case that not only helps our bottom line, but demonstrates our goal to be the most admired in town in the community's where we do business."
ENERGY STAR facilities use about 35 percent less energy than average buildings, while still providing high-quality service and comfort to their occupants and visitors, according to the ENERGY STAR program.
Toyota’s energy-efficiency improvements include replacing plant lights with new efficient lights with motion sensors so that lights are only on when needed; reducing weekend and non-production energy usage; and replacing steam with hot water in the paint shop. They reduced operational energy requirements four percent in 2007, and 16 percent per vehicle in the last four years. In addition to the energy efficiency measures, Toyota is also instituting a number of other environmental measures to reduce waste and water.
To earn the ENERGY STAR, a building must receive at least 75 out of 100 points in the Energy Star energy performance indicator tool for automobile assembly plants; this puts the facility in the top 25 percent of similar, existing plants.
A building must be operational for at least one year and submit a year’s worth of energy-use data to the EPA to be considered for the ENERGY STAR.