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GHG Reduction




Prioritizing significant carbon reduction initiatives


Reducing city water consumption


Reducing waste in their operations

Sustainability Projects


Undertook a large electrical sub-metering project that allowed them to determine the amount of electricity used in their facility and the exact locations of usage. This project has highlighted their key areas of impact and has provided the structure for the future on how they can achieve the largest energy reductions in a short amount of time.


Reduced emissions 60% since 2015: Projects included installing higher efficiency IT room cooling equipment, updating old end-of life equipment with more energy efficient options such as lighting with timers and sensors, while also reducing run-time of equipment.


Reclaimed Water Initiatives: Toyota Boshoku in Elmira collects reclaimed water from various sources – rainwater, drinking fountain water bypass, air-conditioning condensate – and uses this water to irrigate the lawns and to flush toilets. This project was completed in 2017 and has resulted in a city water consumption reduction of about 60%. Signage on the property and in the washrooms let Team Members and visitors know of this practice.

Waste Audit: A waste audit was completed this year and the results were shared with team members during an ‘Earth Day’ catered lunch. The results and recommendations from the audit were shared with the Team Members and 500 saplings were given to team members to take home for planting.

Repair Booths Pilot Project: Toyota Bo completed a pilot project to try and reduce the amount of exhaust required for its weld repair booths. Data collection revealed that the repair booths were only used for 5.1 hours/day and yet were being exhausted for 18.0 hours/day. By adding some automation and a damper, the exhaust requirements for the test booth were reduced. Because all exhausted air must be made up by bringing in outside air that must be heated or cooled, NOT exhausting air results in GHG reductions. There are plans in the near future to roll out the activity to all repair booths and all weld cells in the plant.


Exhaust System Upgrade: The weld shop smoke exhaust system was changed from being manually operated to a demand based system. This resulted in a 2.4% reduction in CO2 emissions.

Water Reclamation: An increase in water reclamation efforts resulted in the water being used for flushing toilets and a reduction in municipal water consumption by 44%.


Energy Conservation: Exchanged all T5 fluorescent lights with T5 LED tubes. Resulted in a 2.4% reduction in emissions and had a 1 year payback; creating annual savings of $32,000.


Replaced Aging HVAC Units: 2014 marked the 1st of a 3 year plan as TB Canada installed 6 HVAC units.

LED Lighting: TB Canada retrofitted their parking lots, exterior lighting fixtures and hallways replacing them with T8 LEDs (other fixtures are T5).

Miscellaneous Projects: Reduce the usage of vinyl materials as well as added water aerators and 4.9LpF toilets in office washrooms.


Compressed Air System Improvements: Added flow controls, intelligent controls, and real time monitoring.

Exhaust and Light Controls: Controls are now based on occupancy. Where an exhaust fan used to run 10 years straight, now they sense occupancy and turn on and off. For example: the cafeteria now shuts down when empty.

Switched to LED lighting

Installed a Domestic Solar Hot Water System