Delphi Reduces CO2 Emissions at Its European Operations by More Than 6,000 Metric Tons in 2008
CO2 reductions support efforts to protect human health, natural resources and the environment
New CO2 reduction program launched at 40 plants across 13 countries
Paris, France - Delphi Corporation’s (PINKSHEETS: DPHIQ) global initiative to reduce CO2 emissions from its operations has prevented more than 6,000 metric tons from being emitted from its European plants in 2008.
The “Delphi CO2 Emission Reduction Program” is a guiding force in every aspect of Delphi’s business activities. The company seeks to proactively minimize the negative environmental impact of its manufacturing processes and of its products and technologies. More than 40 Delphi plants across Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, and the United Kingdom participate in the program.
“We exceeded our goal by 20 percent and reduced CO2 emissions by more than 6,000 metric tons,” said Thomas Stier, Delphi’s program leader for climate change activities in Europe. “This reduction is equivalent to the emissions generated by 1,200 European cars each driving more than 30,000 kilometers a year â or 36 million kms in total. This reduction also represents the approximate amount of CO2 used to heat around 550 European homes for one year.”
’Climate Change Tool Box’ includes ideas on ways to reduce CO2 emissions.
All Delphi sites in Europe have been provided with a Climate Change Tool Box that 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.
Furthermore, ideas are provided for offsetting CO2 emissions by participating in reforestation projects and other programs that will compensate for an individual’s carbon footprint. Additionally, employees at several sites have been offered awareness training, eco-driving classes and other helpful tips to reduce CO2 emissions in their personal lives. In addition to demonstrating good corporate citizenship, economic benefits include cost savings resulting from less oil burned and lower electricity consumption.
“The feedback from Delphi’s European operations has been tremendous,” said Stier. “Nearly every site has responded positively, not only with activities to directly avoid CO2 emissions, but also with initiatives that increase awareness among our employees.”
“Shut It Off” program: machines equipped with a single switch can prevent CO2 Emissions.
Delphi’s plant in Sudbury, UK, implemented a “Shut It Off” program that avoided 610 tons of CO2 in 2008. Machines were equipped with a single switch that allows the operator to turn off idling ancillary systems without impacting the machine’s programming. This single switch dramatically lowered power consumption during idle periods, leading to significant energy savings and CO2 reductions.
Greener busses to transport Delphi employees
At Delphi’s plant in Ineu, Romania, employee transportation vehicles were replaced with newer buses that are 46% more fuel efficient, have lower emissions, and avoid approximately 300 tons of CO2 per year.
“Trees for Life” Reforestation program
Delphi’s CeskÃ¡ Lipa site in Czech Republic participated in the “Trees for Life” program that consisted of planting a new tree for every 50 boxes (125,000 sheets) of office paper used at the site. During 2008, 200 trees were planted, offsetting about 455 tons of CO2 during the lifetime of the trees.
“As the ”Delphi CO2 Emission Reduction Program“ continues in the EMEA region in 2009, the goal is to reduce CO2 emissions by another 1,000 metric tons, which would mean a total of 7,000 metric tons of CO2 avoided during 2009,” 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.
Grosspetersdorf: Optimized molding process
At Delphi’s facility in Grosspetersdorf, the injection molding process has been optimized. The electronics have been modified to stop hydraulic pumps as soon as the injection molding process machine stops, to avoid idling. Based on a new lean operation, system machine groups were built with dedicated molding tools. Together, these steps reduced energy consumption by about 1 million kWh, a CO2-avoidance of about 430 tons per year.
Saint Aubin du Cormier: Heating system operated with natural gas
Delphi’s site in Saint Aubin, which was previously using a heating system fired by propane, changed to a new heating system that utilizes natural gas thus reducing CO2-emissions by about 50% or nearly 20 tons per year.
Neumarkt : Efficient heat recovery system
Delphi’s site in Neumarkt installed a new and more efficient compressor system for its manufacturing processes and also implemented a heat recovery system that allows the site to “recycle” the heat generated by the compressors for heating in the plant. With these actions, the site saves approximately 190.000 kWh of natural gas and avoids 13.30 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
Szombathely : Improved building management system
By improving the building management system, Delphi’s Szombathely operations saved nearly 250,000 kWh of electric energy and avoided about 110 tons of CO2 annually. By installing an intelligent control system, pumps and blowers in the ventilation systems are now controlled automatically rather than manually. The new climate system consumes less energy, is easier to operate, and is suited to the changing external circumstances.
Seixal: Optimized resin casting process
Delphi’s plant in Seixal operates a resin optimization process that runs across casting, sealing, and coating of ignitions coils components, promoting electrical and resistance insulation. The site was able to optimize the process to minimize the heating of the resin casting process, saving almost 390,000 kWh of energy and avoiding almost 170 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
San Cugat : Machines switched off on Sundays and holidays
Delphi’s site in San Cugat developed a program whereby machines are switched off on Sundays and holidays, resulting in a near annual saving of 57,000 kWh less electricity and over 24 tons of CO2.
Izmir: Optimized production process
The Delphi site in Izmir replaced hydraulic pumps in machines and eliminated leaks in its hot water system, saving about 350,000 kWh of energy and avoiding nearly 150 tons of CO2.
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