Why the GM Toledo Transmission Plant Won Its Pollution Prevention Award
Last week, during National Pollution Prevention Week, we announced that the GM Toledo Transmission plant was awarded a pollution prevention award by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. Specifically, the award was a “Most Valuable Pollution Prevention” award, or an MVP2.
The GM Toledo Transmission plant is responsible for manufacturing the eco-friendly eight-speed automatic gearbox for the 2015 Corvette Stingray, as well as various six-speed transmissions.
Following Toledo’s victory, FastLane, GM’s own blog, put out some interesting information on why the plant was the top choice for the award. Here are the facts:
- The GM Toledo Transmission plant sends absolutely no waste to landfills.
- Toledo was also the first GM plant that utilized landfill gas as a fuel; the process began back in 1994.
- The plant has been a recipient of the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry—twice.
- The transmission plant boasts Ohio’s largest solar array. In fact, 3% of the plant’s energy comes from solar power.
- The landfill gas and solar array combined provide 19% of the facility’s energy.
- The GM Toledo plant reduced its energy intensity by 30% in one year. In doing so, the plant prevented nearly 40,000 metric tons of carbon from being released into the atmosphere.
- Finally, the plant has reduced its wastewater discharge by 60% since 2009.
Congrats to Toledo on its recent victory.
News Source: FastLane