Delphi Initiatives Prevent Significant CO2 Emissions at its European Operations in 2010
Actions support efforts to protect human health, natural resources and the environment
PARIS — Delphi Automotive’s initiative to reduce CO2 emissions at its European operations has prevented more than 16,500 metric tonnes from being emitted by facilities in Europe and Morocco since the program started in 2008. With over 7,000 tonnes avoided in 2010 alone, the program has reached its highest efficiency ever.
Seeking to proactively minimize the environmental impact of manufacturing processes, products and technologies, Delphi’s CO2 Emission Reduction Program is an important aspect of Delphi’s business activities. More than 38 Delphi plants across Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom participate in the program.
“We exceeded our goal by more than 50 percent and reduced CO2 emissions by more than 7,000 metric tonnes in 2010,” said Thomas Stier, Delphi’s program leader for climate change activities in the EMEA region. “This reduction is equivalent to the emissions generated by nearly 2,000 European cars each driving more than 20,000 kilometers a year — or over 40 million kms in total. This reduction also represents the approximate CO2 — footprint of about 550 European families of four living in a medium-sized house or apartment.”
Protecting the Environment is a Win-Win Scenario
Delphi employees understand that protecting the environment means using less ressources, and therefore reducing costs. “Reducing our energy consumption makes us more efficient, more competitive and is protecting our environment. It’s a win-win-scenario!” said Ricardo Oliveira, Delphi’s European expert for energy efficiency.
’Climate Change Tool Box’ includes ideas on ways to reduce CO2 emissions.
A tailor-made database, the Climate Change Tool Box is instrumental to Delphi’s program and contains a variety of ways for employees to reduce CO2 emissions on the job and at home. The tool box is organized by subject and includes tips on reducing emissions when traveling, manufacturing products, working in an office environment and transporting goods or materials.
“The success of the program has been tremendous,” said Michael Tramm, newly appointed Delphi Regional Director of Facilities, Real Estate, and Environmental, Health, and Safety “Sites have responded positively, not only with activities to directly avoid CO2 emissions, but also with initiatives that increase awareness among our employees.” Also, this European initiative is linked with Delphi’s global efforts to define and reduce its carbon footprint.
Optimization of cooling systems for injection molding machines can prevent CO2 Emissions.
Delphi’s plant in Grosspetersdorf, Austria analyzed and optimized the cooling system for its injection molding machines. The new process saves over 380,000 kWh of electrical energy and avoids the emission of over 120 tonnes of CO2 annually.
Solar Systems for hot water supply in Turkey
At Delphi’s plant in Izmir, Turkey, a solar hot water system was installed that serves the canteen and bathrooms. The system avoids nearly ten tonnes of CO2 annually. Countries with year round warm climates like Turkey are ideally suited for use of solar hot water systems, and solar water heating actually has a long tradition in these countries.
“Bike To Work” Improves health, team spirit and the climate
Thirteen teams with 52 employees participated in the 2010 “Bike to Work” program at Delphi’s Neumarkt, Germany plant. The program is supported by health insurance companies as it is good for the health of the participants. Additionally, the movement avoided 12 tonnes of CO2 annually.
“The ”Delphi CO2 Emission Reduction Program“ will continue to pursue new ways to reduce CO2 emissions. Identifying another 1,000 metric tonnes would lead to averting over 8,000 metric tonnes of CO2 in 2011, which would be outstanding,” said Stier.
Delphi is dedicated to protecting human health, natural resources and the global environment. This dedication reaches further than compliance with the law to encompass the integration of sound environmental practices in business decisions. Delphi consistently works to reduce the effects of climate change through decreased dependence on natural resources, use recycled materials and development of products that can be easily recycled.
Austria Grosspetersdorf : Optimized molding process In addition to the optimization of the cooling process, Delphi’s Grosspetersdorf facility installed energy saving lamp systems as well as installed insulation at the screw cylinder of the injection molding machines. Programs implemented in 2010 reduced energy consumption by about 0,5 m kwh, resulting in a CO2-avoidance of about 250 tonnes per year.
Blois: Increased efficiency at the assembly and test lines Delphi Diesel Systems in Blois focused attention on efficiency of assembly and test lines for diesel pumps and diesel injection equipment. Over 300,000 kWh were saved in 2010, avoiding the emission of nearly 130 tonnes of CO2
Langenlonsheim: Light — when and where needed Delphi’s site in Langenlonsheim systematically reviewed the lighting systems and determined precisely which lights are needed, which intensity is needed and identified lights that can remain off during defined periods. The site saves approximately 650,000 kWh and avoids nearly 280 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Balassagyarmat: Heat recovery Heat from manufacturing processes is recovered at Delphi‘s Balassagyarmat operations and used to pre-heat water for heating and/or sanitary purposes. Implemented in August 2010, the system saved 36,000 m3 of natural gas by the end of 2010, equivalent to nearly 70 tonnes of CO2 not emitted.
Braga and Castelo Branco: Lighting efficiency The Portuguese sites Braga and Castelo Branco improved their light systems by replacing the existing system with the efficient fluorescent T5, as well making system controls more flexible. This change generated a savings of 1,850,000 kWh, totaling a country savings of 800 tonnes of CO2, just for light initiatives.
Sant Vicenç: New T5 lighting systems Delphi’s site in Sant Vicenç replaced its existing T8 fluorescent lamps with modern T5 lamps, saving 230.000 kWh. Similar activities took place at Delphi plants in San Cugat, Pamplona and Belchite, saving 258 tonnes of CO2 across Spain.
Iasi: Lighting efficiency Delphi’s site in Iasi systematically reviewed lighting systems and found lights that are not needed and can be permanently switched off or are not needed during certain periods. Similar projects were implemented at all three Romanian plants, totaling a savings of over 560 tonnes of CO2 in 2010.
Istanbul-Bursa and Izmir: LED Lighting
Delphi Packard Turkey replaced its existing T8 fluorescent lamps by LED lamps at the plants in Istanbul-Bursa and Izmir. The previous lamps in the production areas consumed 42 W and were replaced by 19 W LED lamps. The 18W lamps in office areas (21W with losses) were replaced with 9,5 W LED lamps. The total energy saving per year will about 1.6 MWh which equals over 700 tonnes of CO2 emission. Another factor is the increased lifetime of LED lamps: 30,000-50,000 hours compared to only 8,000-10,000 hours for the normal T8 fluorescent lamps.
Jelesnia: Trees and ideas The Delphi plant in Jelesnia planted 60 trees on site. An average tree binds about 5 tonnes of CO2 over its lifetime. Additional reforestation efforts will continue in 2011. Additionally, a series of ideas led to significant savings: The installation of variable speed controllers for the ceiling fans; a voltage reduction for the outside lighting from 230V to 190V; computer display shutdown mode enabled on all computers, metal-halogen lighting replacement with highly efficient T5 fluorescent lamps and installation of a new air compressor with inverter resulted in emission avoidance of approximately 45 tonnes of CO2.
Samara and Surgut: Newcomers The Delphi plants in Samara and Surgut participated for the first time, and immediately saved over 100 tonnes of CO2. Turning off radiators in the off-season, pressure reduction in the compressed air systems and turning lights off during breaks showed immediate results.
Delphi is a leading global supplier of electronics and technologies for automotive, commercial vehicle and other market segments. Operating major technical centers, manufacturing sites and customer support facilities in 30 countries, Delphi delivers real-world innovations that make products smarter and safer as well as more powerful and efficient. Connect to innovation at www.delphi.com.
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