Subaru has a long-established reputation as one of the “greenest of the green” vehicle manufacturers. But what’s behind it? And how are we continuing to become more Earth-conscious every day and with every new Subaru model?
Hold on to your hats. We’ll take you on a ride through all things environmental at Subaru. Some of it will sound familiar. Other parts may surprise you.
First and foremost, we have to give credit where it’s really due: to you, our owners. You keep us honest. Always give us feedback. Have the highest of high expectations. And we love you for it. You make Subaru one of the most innovative, Earth-friendly, and community-involved car companies on the planet.
And because you drive us, our prioritization of all things environmental isn’t something practiced only on Earth Day. It’s literally a part of our DNA: A Subaru “drives green.” We partner with like-minded companies. And we set high goals in terms of reuse and recycling at our manufacturing plants – which is where the rubber really meets the road. (The recycled rubber, that is.) Our Subaru retailers also hold to the same high-level expectations.
It’s equally about preserving nature for maximum enjoyment. We aim to ensure the Earth’s ecosystems stay just as curiously beautiful and adventure-inspiring for future generations.
In the end, we’ve managed to create vehicles one might call “eco-performers,” offering finely tuned versatility, efficiency, and longevity without compromising our collective conscience.
With all this in mind, it’s fitting that 96 percent of Subaru vehicles sold in the last 10 years are still on the road today.1 Talk about renewable energy!
With a commitment to reduce, reuse, and recycle, SIA is an industry leader in environmental stewardship with measures that have been in place for nearly two decades. Click icons below to learn more about some of our major milestones.
A truly efficient vehicle takes its environmental efforts far beyond hitting the road – or, in the case of Subaru, far before.
Think of it this way: The same holistic approach we take with driver safety and employee safety at our manufacturing plants we also practice in safeguarding Earth’s natural resources. As the first U.S. auto assembly plant to be designated “Zero-Landfill,” we’re proud to say we do things a little (ok, a lot) differently.
No vehicle comes off the line without a number of energy-saving, resource-preserving, and pollution-reducing efficiencies. Some are unprecedented in terms of auto manufacturing:
- Discontinued lead use in many parts and components; replaced with just-as-sturdy, yet highly recyclable resin in almost all new Subaru models
- Reduced CO2 emissions by 26 percent (compared to 1991)
- Reduced VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions from vehicle painting and coating by more than 48 percent
- Reduced water usage by more than 50 percent (since 2000)
Also, Subaru is headquartered in a zero-landfill facility in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Based on Polk U.S. Vehicles in Operation registration information for MY 2001-2013 as of January 2013.