UMW Toyota’s Eco Youth programme for students returns
SHAH ALAM: UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd has launched the 2017 Toyota Eco Youth (TEY) programme, marking another year of environmental activities with the overriding theme of reducing the carbon footprint of students from selected schools.
Since TEY’s inception in 2001, UMW Toyota has spent more than RM6 million on the programme, which enables students to develop both technical and soft skills in finding solutions to better protect the environment.
UMW Toyota operation support group director Mohd Shamsor Mohd Zain said the programme aimed to educate youth in secondary schools by enabling them to become ambassadors in advocating environmental sustainability.
“Students can identify and solve environment-related problems through the utilisation of problem-solving methods.
“We have been driving the green agenda for 16 years, and this programme, which started as an awareness campaign in its first decade, was brought to a new level in 2011 by extending the programme’s reach to the local community,” he said at the launch, here, yesterday.
Shamsor said UMW Toyota had taken impactful measures by installing solar panels at its assembly plant to reduce electricity consumption.
It had also introduced new methods in wastewater management and encouraged the planting of more trees in its compound.
TEY is one of UMW Toyota’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities and is a community-level project involving multiple stakeholders, including local councils, government agencies, community leaders, local residents and private companies.
On a global basis, Toyota Motor Corp has established the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050. It identifies six key environmental issues to be tackled in the next three decades, including carbon dioxide reduction, water usage optimisation and establishing societies that practise recycling and Earth-friendly culture.
Education Ministry deputy director-general (policy and education development) Datuk Seri Khairil Awang (left) and UMW Toyota Motor deputy chairman Akio Takayama with participating students at the launch of 2017 Toyota Eco Youth programme in Shah Alam yesterday.