The Environment Protection Authority of Victoria (EPA) has granted Toyota Australia an EPA accredited licence for its Altona vehicle manufacturing plant in recognition of the company's high level of environmental performance.
The EPA accredited licensee system is designed to allow companies to be freed from the standard prescriptive approach to works approval and licensing as a result of having sound technical and environmental management systems in place together with commitment to good environmental performance.
To be an accredited licensee, the overriding requirement is to demonstrate a high level of environmental performance and an ongoing capacity to maintain and improve this performance.
Toyota Australia's Environmental Management System, Environmental Audit Program and Environment Improvement Plan were viewed by the EPA as particular initiatives that demonstrated the company's capacity to maintain and improve its high level of environmental performance.
Toyota Australia president Ted Okada said it was an honour to have the company's environmental management efforts being recognised by the EPA.
"This EPA accredited licence highlights Toyota Australia's culture of understanding the importance of environmental responsible behaviour and the need to continuously improve all business operations.
"In addition to concentrating on the environmental performance of its products and manufacturing activities, Toyota applies environmental sustainability practices to all areas of the company."