While a lot of focus in the early goings of Chrysler Group LLC (officially formed June 9, 2009) has been on our vehicles and manufacturing, we're still keeping a close eye on Mother Earth and fellow citizens.
Tuesday, the company 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 our corporate Website for the Chrysler Group 2010 Sustainability Report.
For some highlights, we pulled several facts from the report on what the company has already accomplished in its first full year:
- 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
- Chrysler Group has been recognized for its diversity
leadership by organizations such as DiversityInc magazine, Hispanic
Business magazine, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the
Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, to name a
- Trenton (Mich.) South earned LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design) certification status, the first engine
plant in the world to earn this distinction. The plant reduced its
CO2 emissions by more than 12,000 metric tons, compared with a
traditionally constructed engine plant of similar size. This is
equivalent to 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
- To reduce fuel consumption and emissions, Chrysler Group is
focusing on four key areas: powertrain systems; vehicle energy
demand; driveline and axle design; and alternatively fueled
powertrains, such as flex-fuel, compressed natural gas, hybrid and
fully electrified vehicles
- The Windsor (Ont.) Assembly Plant reduced its energy footprint
by partnering with a Canadian energy company that generates
electricity for the grid via natural gas boilers and steam
turbines. The plant purchases the energy company’s excess
steam for use in general heating and production processes. This
allows the Windsor Assembly Plant to substantially reduce its
natural gas consumption by reusing waste by-products of electricity
production, with the added benefits of decreasing the
region’s air emissions and minimizing costs.
- 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.