Vauxhall reduces its environmental impact

With a focus on car emissions, it is often easy to forget that a significant impact on the environment takes place during the vehicle's manufacturing process, before a wheel has even been turned. Vauxhall has taken a step towards reducing this impact with a landfill-free policy.

As part of the General Motors' (GM) drive to reduce its environmental impact, the Vauxhall plants in Luton and Ellesmere Port in the UK have joined the rest of Europe in declaring that they are now landfill-free. This sees them recycle, reuse or convert to energy all waste from daily operations.

Europe is the first GM region to achieve 100 per cent landfill-free status, with 131 company facilities worldwide now included in the scheme. The plan is to achieve 150 land-fill free sites around the world by 2020.

"Our global progress in waste reduction is possible because of employee participation, creative ideas, and a strong supplier network," said Jim DeLuca, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. "Our teams understand the positive impact of this initiative and they drive it in their facilities every day."

The new landfill-free sites in Europe used a variety of tools to educate and inspire the workforce and procedures. Some plants designate a champion in every unit of the plant to help ensure employee participation, and recognize team members driving significant progress. All landfill-free sites will continue to improve their efforts and reduce total waste whenever possible.

"We at Opel/Vauxhall see waste as a resource out of place and want to go beyond the classical waste reduction targets that you usually reach by optimization of existing processes. Only if you understand waste as raw material you start to rethink your current processes and develop new ways to run your business differently. Strategically we do not only want to be landfill-free, we want to improve the re-use of material," says Dr Renate Adam, Manager Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, Opel/Vauxhall Europe.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:21st Dec 2015

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