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Toyota Named to World’s Greenest Companies List

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The Mirai fuel cell vehicle helped Toyota reach #35 on the Global 500 green companies list

Each year, Newsweek analyzes the top global companies to determine who is the fairest… sorry, the greenest… of them all. This year, Toyota earned high recognition by placing 35th in the Global 500, and second in the automotive category (with BMW placing first in this category at number 26). This was a marked improvement over 2014’s list, and saw Toyota move up a whopping 57 spots to be named one of the world’s greenest companies.

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Newsweek placed Toyota so high on its list thanks in part to the impending release of the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, which emits only water vapor through its tailpipe. Additionally, the Japanese automaker managed to save more than 93 million gallons of water in North America in 2014, as well as reduce energy use in its North American manufacturing plants by an incredible 22%.

“We are proud to be recognized as one of the world’s greenest companies,” remarked Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor North America chief executive officer. “Through continuous improvement, our global teams have made great strides in reducing our environmental impact. From hybrids to fuel cells, Toyota is at the forefront of developing energy efficient technologies. We are deeply committed to contributing to the environment, our communities, and to leading the future of sustainable mobility.”

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Toyota’s 35th place spot positions it above noted global companies such as Nike, Coke, Microsoft, and Google. And with Toyota’s green initiatives and innovative technologies, we’re sure that next year’s list will place the Japanese automaker higher than ever before.