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Growing revenues by 5% while reducing CO2 emissions by 33%

Toyota Material Handling Netherlands aims to be a responsible company. Since 2012, the company has reduced energy consumption by 31% and CO2 emissions by 33%.
Solar panels

Reviewing and reducing energy use

We are continuously reducing our energy use. In August 2015, WSP Global carried out an energy efficiency audit as mandated by the EU Energy Efficiency Directive to identify further energy saving opportunities in our building and fleet. Of the nine Toyota Material Handling companies audited, the Netherlands was ranked first, both in absolute energy reductions and in the maturity of its energy management systems.

All the electricity we purchase comes from renewable sources under a special contract with our supplier. The next priority for Toyota Material Handling Netherlands is to follow our Energy Management Plan and save another 20% from fleet energy use by 2018, compared to 2012. There has already been a 4% drop in fuel consumption between 2011 and 2013. We continue to work with employees with high fuel consumption to further reduce their impact.

The Toyota Way focuses on continuous improvement and respect for people and has led to increasingly committed employees. We have installed boards showing progress towards the company’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and we continuously consult our employees for ideas and feedback on KPIs and other issues.

Digging deeper into sustainability

In May 2015, we were awarded a Sustainable Business label by BWMT, a Dutch trade association for importers or manufacturers of machinery, warehouse equipment, road construction and transportation equipment.

The label aims to improve BWMT members’ sustainable operations and has strict criteria. Working towards the label has already led to real improvements, including enhanced environmental awareness within the company, structured waste handling procedures and reduced fuel consumption.

Minimising customers’ energy consumption and carbon emissions

We work with our customers to minimise their energy consumption, and they can visit our website and our facilities for more information on energy management.

Toyota Material Handling Europe has also improved truck engine fuel efficiency by introducing lithium-ion batteries and piloted hydrogen trucks. At our premises in the Netherlands, we have three demonstration solar battery-charging stations, which are an integral part of carbon management for forklift trucks for our customers.

“Our sustainability commitments are in line with our corporate priorities and we believe that being responsible makes business sense.” Lydia van den Bogaard Sustainability Champion Toyota Material Handling Netherlands

Grouped business operations in one A-rated energy-efficient building:

  • Cut energy consumption by 31%
  • Cut CO2 emissions by 33%
  • Saving over €45,000/year
  • Solar panels installed on roof generate approximately 5% of our electricity, to power battery charging stations for our trucks

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