Chrysler Group LLC announced yesterday that the company’s 2009 Environmental Leadership Award program has reduced C02 emissions by 370,000 tons, a quantity approximately equal to the annual output of four large manufacturing plants. The program also saved $50 million annually for the company.
“The ELA celebrates the outstanding achievements of employees and project teams, and it reminds us that being green does not conflict with being a successful company,” said Steve Bartoli, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Engineering Planning, Chrysler Group LLC. “In fact, a thought process that includes environmental impact is a necessary attribute at Chrysler Group.”
A total of 29 projects worldwide were submitted to the ELA program for 2009, the 16th year of the program. This year’s category winners included:
Product Related Environmental Protection
Trenton South Engine Plant: The plant was built on a brownfield site and incorporates 47 percent recycled material, zero-waste-to-landfill and a 39 percent reduction in energy use compared to its predecessor.
Extraordinary Efforts for the Environment
Saltillo (Mexico) Complex: The team introduced process controls to its employees to substantially reduce energy consumption, air emissions, water use, and waste generation while increasing recycling. The team also gave environmental lessons at three local elementary schools and worked with two colleges to establish a post degree academic program for environmental protection.
Dealership Environmental Initiatives
Frank C. Videon Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep: The dealership in New Town Square, PA reduced energy use by 20 percent by recycling oil as a heating fuel in a facility that is 2.5 times larger than the previous building.