Revving up Renewables: Clean Energy Supply Chains
At its Columbus, Indiana manufacturing campus, MHI member Toyota Material Handling is building a solar array that will help the maker of forklifts and other material handling equipment reduce its dependence on electricity generated by predominantly coal-fired power plants in the region.
It’s the latest move in a shift by Toyota Material Handling to renewable energy over the past few years—one strategy in an ongoing effort to meet goals set by parent company Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO) of reducing its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its production processes by 50% by 2030 and becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.
The increased focus on renewable energy in Columbus is a microcosm of what’s happening across the material handling and supply chain industries and the broader economy globally. As cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions becomes a high priority for all enterprises, interest in renewables is exploding.