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Steve Hope is clearly a man who loves his job. Working inside the Japanese vehicle manufacturer Toyota in Europe since the early 1990s, he is proud of what he and his team have achieved in seriously driving out waste and cost from production processes. “We’ve been challenging the way we operate our plants for many years and struggled away quietly.”
Now, he’s ready to tell the world just how radical its resource efficiency has been. Take the U.K. plant, for example. Between 1993 and 2013, it reduced its energy usage per vehicle by more than 70 percent. In the same period, it also reduced water use per vehicle by more than 75 percent, and waste produced per vehicle by nearly 70 percent. It’s incredibly impressive.
I caught up with Steve at the latest 2degrees Live summit, which showcased the very best examples of company’s getting to grips with energy, waste and water, and he explained how Toyota continues to find ways of pushing the envelope despite a lack of limitless resources to improve its processes.