Chrysler’s Sustainability Report Shows Great Improvements

20 Oct
The water in this tank is re-circulated from Chrysler's Compressor Cooling Operations.

The water in this tank is re-circulated from Chrysler's Compressor Cooling Operations.

Tuesday, Chrysler Group LLC released its first sustainability report, covering 2010.

“We believe that economic and environmental success are not mutually exclusive,” said Chairman/CEO Sergio Marchionne. “We have made a choice not only to build up our own organization, but also to positively impact the environment and the communities where we live and work.

“And we will judge ourselves not only by our profitability, but also by how we achieve it.”

Click over to the corporate website for the Chrysler Group 2010 Sustainability Report.

Here are some highlights from the report:
• The Milwaukee (Wis.) Parts Distribution Center reduced landfill waste by more than 1.3 million kilograms per year at an annual cost savings of $39,000, a significant amount for a relatively small operation.

• Trenton (Mich.) South earned LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification status. It’s the first engine plant in the world to earn this distinction. The plant reduced its CO2 emissions by more than 12,000 metric tons (the annual CO2 output of 1,000 homes).

• The Warren (Mich.) Stamping Plant reduced its chemical usage to treat water for cooling industrial processes by $16,000 annually. A 100-gallon aquarium (pictured above) in the plant is continuously fed with filtered cooling water from this process, demonstrating that it is clean enough to support a variety of fish.

• The Toledo (Ohio) North Assembly Plant paint shop replaced 100% outside fresh air with mainly recycled ambient plant air as the input to the paint spray booths. The “cascading air” innovation results in an annual energy and water savings of $1.1 million, averting approximately 10,000 metric tons of air pollutants through direct and indirect energy reduction. Additionally, this feature reduces water use by more than 7,500 cubic meters.

Source: Chrysler Group LLC

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