In the week in which the Environment Day is celebrated, Stellantis South America celebrates the highlight of three of its plants in the region among the group’s ten ‘greenest’ factories in the world. The Green Factory index is evaluated globally and pointed to the plant in Goiana, in Pernambuco, like the one that presents the best environmental management practices in the world. The Betim Automotive Complex (MG) was in the fourth position in the global assessment, and the Porto Real Automotive Complex (RJ) was in the tenth position.
As a result, the South American region is consolidated as a global reference in ESG practices, the acronym for Environmental, Social, and Governance. The highlight is the result of the growing adoption in the region of sustainable solutions in the production process, in line with the objectives disclosed in Stellantis’ long-term strategic plan, the Dare Forward 2030, which aims to achieve the decarbonization of the group by 2038, with 50% by 2030.
“This result is the result of an environmental management that is really committed to a more sustainable production process, which mobilizes a diverse team committed to creating solutions and innovations to make the Automotive Complex in Goiana even greener and more efficient”, highlights Roberto Soares, Manager of Manufacture of the Automotive Pole of Goiana. “Now our mission is to improve and disseminate the best practices and processes among all the group’s units around the world, always focusing on the efficiency and sustainability of all operations”, says Soares.
The Green Factory index was created by Stellantis to monitor progress, bringing together all environmental fronts in a single KPI, and ensuring the evolution of indicators that contribute to achieving the decarbonization and sustainability goals established by the group. Monitoring follows the environmental performance of 43 plants around the world based on indicators such as total waste generated, waste recovery, total water consumption, volatile gas emissions, greenhouse gas emissions (CO2), and biodiversity index.
Leader of the ranking, the Polo Automotivo de Goiana was, in 2021, the first industrial complex to become Carbon Neutral in Latin America. Opened in 2015, it began operations at the forefront of sustainability in the automotive sector, with programs ranging from manufacturing operations to socio-educational work carried out with surrounding communities and the Biodiversity Program.
Since the beginning, the Pole is Landfill Zero, that is, all waste generated in production is sent to an Ecological Island that carries out the necessary treatment of the material and its correct destination. Part of this waste is used in the Vem Pra Roda circular economy project, which uses the material as raw material for making fashion items such as bags, backpacks, and shoes. The recyclability rate in Goiana is 99.98%.
The same attention is given to the conscious use of water. At the effluent treatment station located inside the Complex, all water used in industrial production is treated and 99.6% of this volume is returned to manufacturing. In a month, about 20 million liters of water are no longer captured from the public supply network.
The Biodiversity Program was launched simultaneously with the start of local production and aims to rescue and conserve the region’s native biome, the Atlantic Forest. The seedling nursery has the capacity to produce around 80,000 seedlings per year. More than 117,000 seedlings of 289 species have already been planted, including 27 at risk of extinction.
The plants in Betim (MG) and Porto Real (RJ) are also among the group’s ten most sustainable. Fourth, the plant in Minas Gerais is a benchmark for solid waste management, with a 100% reuse rate of waste from automotive production. It was a pioneer in the region in the implementation of the Landfill Zero program, which started in 2011. Acting as an active part of the community in which it is inserted, the plant is a partner of the Cooperárvore social project and has already destined more than 39 tons of production waste for its use as raw material. raw material in the manufacture of more than 250,000 pieces, such as bags, suitcases, and other utilities, generating income for the community of Jardim Teresópolis.
The Porto Real plant closes the global ranking in the tenth position, with an emphasis on waste management. The unit has been Landfill Zero since last year and, annually, more than 200 tons of waste are not sent to sanitary landfills. The plant is recognized for its innovative water-based painting process, contributing to the reduction of gas and effluent emissions. It also stands out for the regular planting of seedlings of native species around the plant.
Source: Stellantis LATAM