Chrysler's 2009 Environmental Leadership Award Winners
This is equivalent to the annual C02 output of four large manufacturing plants or 71,000 automobiles driving in the real world. The projects submitted in the program not only spared the aforementioned pollution but also produced savings of over $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
Chrysler Group’s Environmental Leadership Award recognizes special research and efforts dedicated to reducing the company’s products and production sites’ impact on the environment. The program is spread throughout all levels and functions of the company’s operations, including the supplier network.
2009 was the 16th year of the ELA program and 29 projects were submitted worldwide. The criteria by which the entries were judged include the projects’ contribution to environmental stewardship, innovation and financial savings. This years’s category winners included:
Production Related Environmental Protection
Trenton (Michigan) South Engine Plant environmental team: this production site was built on a former industrial site and its design is aimed specifically at protecting the environment: 47 percent of the materials used were recycled and 39 percent less energy was used compared with the previous engine manufacturing facility.
Product Related Environmental Protection
Dealer dedicated Delivery System Redesign: By redesigning the company’s Mopar parts delivery system, the team spared 4.6 million miles of driving, saved 722,000 gallons of fuel, 8,000 tons of emissions, 1560 gallons of motor oil and the use of 1,344 tractor trailer tires per year.
Extraordinary Efforts for the environment
Saltillo (Mexico) Complex: the team introduced complete programs to its employees, in order to dramatically reduce energy consumption, water use, air emissions and waste generation while increasing the recycling process. The process was also implemented in the education system - a post degree academic program for environmental protection was established.
Dealership Environmental Initiatives
Frank C. Videon Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep, New Town Square : the team managed to cut energy use by 20% by recycling oil as heating fuel in a facility 2.5 times larger that the previous building.