Daimler Trucks North America Recognized for Outstanding Environmental Efforts

cq5dam.thumbnail.319.319The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) today recognized the Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) plant in Cleveland as an Environmental Steward. The award recognizes DTNA’s superior environmental performance, commitment to continued reduction of its environmental impact, and demonstrated commitment to exceed compliance. The facility joins only 16 other commercial facilities in the state to have achieved this recognition.

“Daimler Trucks North America demonstrates what it means to be a successful business with a strong environmental ethic,” said John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “By achieving significant reductions in waste generation and energy usage, the North Carolina facility has shown that the demands of a growing business can go hand-in-hand with environmental protection.”

Using the company’s continuous improvement program, DTNA employee teams who are located at the plant identified the best options for reducing waste and recycling each material, whether reusing cartons for shipping, reclaiming solvent, working with supplier partners to reduce packaging, or turning waste into energy.

“This achievement required a commitment by each and every one of the employees here,” said Freightliner Environmental Engineer Heather Callahan. “Everything received or produced by the company is used, reused, recycled, or sold, and nothing is sent to a landfill. Today, the facility joins an elite group of landfill-free manufacturing facilities in the United States and is one of five DTNA facilities to do so.”

The title of Environmental Steward is the highest honor of NCDENR’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) based on a decision by its 10-member advisory board which recommended the recognition of the Daimler Trucks North America’s Cleveland Truck Plant. Advisory board membership consists of individuals from industry, trade groups, environmental and citizen nongovernmental organizations, government, academia and small business.

Reasons cited by the advisory board in its recognition of the facility include:

  • Its compliance history and commitment to continual improvement including a mature ISO 14001 environmental management system that has been certified by a third party since 2004
  • The facility’s commitment to continue to reduce waste by setting, and achieving a zero waste-to-landfill goal
  • The facility’s elimination of hazardous wastewater sludge due to material substitution; and
  • The facility’s commitment to energy conservation, with a 43% reduction over 2008 numbers. These gains are due to lighting changes, window replacements, and installing occupancy sensors, as well as the solar array on site.

”Daimler Trucks North America has an ongoing commitment to a holistic approach to achieving a sustainable future,” said Sandra Carter, environmental engineering manager, Daimler Trucks North America. “As a pioneer in environmental technologies and manufacturing processes, we reach beyond standard requirements whenever possible to lead the way for the industry.”

The Zero-Waste-to-Landfill goal was initiated to reduce the carbon footprint of manufacturing facilities under the DTNA umbrella. The Cleveland plant is one of five DTNA facilities to be recognized for achieving the Zero-Waste-to-Landfill status. Its parts plant in Gastonia, N.C. and its truck plant in Mt. Holly, N.C. also accomplished the achievement this year. In 2011, DTNA’s Thomas Built Buses plant in High Point, N.C. was the first bus company to achieve the recognition, and in 2009, its Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation plant in Gaffney, S.C. was the first chassis plant to achieve the status.

This latest achievement by DTNA is one of many initiatives through which the company is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability. With sustainability as one of the company’s business priorities, its mission is to conserve resources, reduce all types of emissions, and promote economic growth while ensuring safe, efficient transportation options.

“We’re well on our way to making our ongoing commitment to sustainability come to life, not only in our product line, but also across our manufacturing facilities,” said Carter.

DTNA environmental engineering representatives are scheduled to participate in the Zero Waste to Landfill conference, an off-shoot of the Carolina Recycling Association Conference to be held March 31 through April 3, 2014.  More details are available at www.cra-recycle.org/2014.

The Cleveland facility represents DTNA’s largest manufacturing plant in North America. There, the company produces Class 8 Freightliner trucks, including the Freightliner Cascadia.  The facility was established in 1989.

About the Environmental Stewardship Initiative

Launched in 2002, the Environmental Stewardship Initiative is designed to promote and encourage superior environmental performance by North Carolina’s regulated community. It provides technical assistance and networking opportunities to stimulate the development and implementation of programs that use pollution prevention and innovative approaches to meet and go beyond regulatory requirements. This program seeks to reduce the impact on the environment beyond measures required by any permit or rule, producing a better environment, conserving natural resources and resulting in long-term economic benefits.

About the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources administers regulatory programs designed to protect air quality, water quality, and the public’s health. The organization also offers technical assistance to businesses, farmers, local governments, and the public and encourages responsible behavior with respect to the environment through education programs.

About Daimler Trucks North America

Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. It manufactures, sells, and services commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star, Detroit, and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a business unit of Daimler AG, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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